Casualties – Fire aboard FSO LEONIS offshore Sicily – 24.07.2023

Last Monday 24th July,2023 the 1994 built Floating, Storage and Offload(FSO) tanker LEONIS, part of the Vega mining field managed by Edison and Eni, reported Fire Aboard. Fire was quickly extinguished by joint efforts of FSO personnel and Italian agencies responsible for safety at sea. Not much details available, understood fire was sparked off by […]

Scuttling Operation – COMINOLAND and KARWELA – 12.08.2006

On Saturday 12th August 2006, 2  short sea ferryboats COMINOLAND and KARWELA were towed from Cassar Ship Repair Yard, Marsa to Ras il-Hobz, Gozo that is a submerged pinnacle also known as the Middle Finger, to be scuttled by the Gozo Tourism Association. The Pinnacle  is one of the most breathtaking dives in Gozo. The top of this pinnacle […]

Maritime Accident – Virtu Gozo High Speed Craft SAN FRANGISK – 30.03.2023

On Thursday 30th March the High Speed Craft SAN FRANGISK had to abort the 1645 hrs voyage just outside Mgarr Harbour breakwater due to an exhaust problem in the engine room that caused a thick smoke. As a precaution all passengers were evacuated onto smaller craft including Galaxy Charters Malta Boat CHIKO. At no time […]

Casualties – CMA CGM RABELAIS explosion – 06.04.2022

On Wednesday 6th April, 2022 around 1230 UTC the 2010 built container ship CMA CGM RABELAIS while underway from Singapore to India, suffered an explosion, followed by fire, in western Malacca Strait between Andaman islands and Banda Aceh Sumatra. The Master immediately ordered a firefighting operation and the fire was soon controlled and remains so. […]

Broken Up – Greenpeace Ship ESPERANZA – 21.02.2002

After 2 decades the Greenpeace ship ESPERANZA has arrived at the port of Gijon, in Spain on Saturday 12th February, 2002 for recycling procedures by DDR Vessels XXI, one of the 2 companies specialised in ship recycling authorised by the EU. She was built in Poland by Stocznia Polnocna at Gdansk as yard number B98/04 […]

Casualties – Sailing Catamaran NOMADE – 27th March 2002

On Sunday 7th April, 2002 the Civil Protection Department (CPD) fireboat GARIBALDI entered Grand Harbour, Malta towing a capsized 11 metre sailing catamaran NOMADE that capsized on Wednesday 27th March in rough weather around 37 miles offshore Malta with her French male solo crew that was rescued by the 1975 built Cypriot flag cargo ship […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 298 MANWEL

One of the German built fishing trawlers that used to be part of the Maltese Fishing Fleet was the 1974 built MANWEL with fishing matricola as F 298. She was built by Martin Jansen GmbH & Co KG, Leer with yard number 112 and completed in Danmark as the Danish Side Fishing Trawler WESTBOUND homeported […]

Casualties – MSC LIRICA fire at Corfu, Greece – 12.03.2021

On the afternoon of Friday 12th March, 2021 the MSC Cruise ship MSC LIRICA caught fire whilst berthed at Corfu, Greece. The fire blaze seemed to be originated in an empty lifeboat on deck 6 on starboard side and there were no injuries among the 51 crew members who were on board to maintain the […]