State Visit – Pope Francis at Gozo – 02.04.2022

Malta welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to the country from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 3rd April of which on Saturday 2nd April he visited the sister island of Gozo. The island of Gozo was wearing Holy Week dress and Vatican City Flags mounted on road roundabouts, balconies, roof flagpoles etc […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Tanker STENA IMPERIAL from 30 to 31.12.2021

On Thursday 30th December, 2021 late morning the 2015 built tanker STENA IMPERIAL entered Grand Harbour, Malta bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd berthing starboard side alongside Parlatorio Wharf assisted by 2 local tugs. She was built in China by Guangzhou International Shipyard at Guangzhou as double hull oil tanker entering service on 1st July […]

Tankers – Bitumen Tanker ASFALTAR

One of the Bitumen Tankers that used to call at Grand Harbour, Malta was the 1969 built lady ASFALTAR. She was built in Germany by Werft Nobiskrug GmbH at Rendsburg as yard no 655 with Ice Strengthened bow as the TARJO trading until 1972; PELLWORM for few months and as ASFALTIERA with the Italian Company […]

Weather Conditions – Easterly Strong Wind on Friday 16th April 2021.

With a mild winter around the Maltese Islands, the first spring season strong winds occurred on Friday 16th April 2021 with wind blowing Easterly Force 8 wind decreasing and backing NE Force 7 overnight. All Bunkering Operations were suspended due to the current weather conditions and most of the vessels were sheltering on the lee […]

Research – ODIN FINDER leaving Valletta to survey area – 31.12.2019

On Tuesday 31st December, 2019 at 1621 hrs the 1970 built ITA flag and owned research ship ODIN FINDER left Valletta, Malta from MMH Facilities bound to survey area mainly at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa. She was built in Norway by Storviks Mekaniske Verksted in Kristiansund as the fishing vessel VADSOGUTT with fishing matricola as F-196-VS until […]

Cable Laying News – PETER FABER to be replaced – 23.09.2019

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) acquired the TOISA WARRIOR, a 87 meters DP2 ship built in 2011, from Sealion Shipping. With this acquisition, ASN is rejuvenating its fleet and reinforcing its presence in the Atlantic area, the company said. The vessel renamed ILE D’OUESSANT and FRA flagged will serve primarily as a maintenance vessel for cables […]

Casualties – Yacht SPALMATORI caught fire at Malta – 26.08.1993

On Thursday 26th August, 1993 a 50 metre yacht SPALMATORI who was anchored at Mellieha Bay, Malta was destroyed in fire and finished as a hulk. The 1950 Norwegian built and 1985 converted, 50 metre LBR flag yacht SPALMATORI sent a distress call on VHF Ch 12 around 0550 hrs of which PTSS {Palace Tower […]

Cargo Ships at Valletta, Malta – Week 44 of 2018

Tuesday 30th October, 2018. At 0632 hrs KURIKOMA left Valletta from DWQ 1. At 0640 hrs the 2018 built PAN flag refrigerated cargo ship ASTRAEA entered Valletta on her maiden call berthing at DWQ 1.             At 0811 hrs NS KORALLE left Valletta from Laboratory Wharf South 2. At 0830 hrs the 1979 built […]

CASUALTY – Tanker HEPHAESTUS aground at Malta – 10.02.2018. The 1965 built bunkering tanker HEPHAESTUS ran aground at Qawra Point, Malta on Saturday 10th February, 2018 early morning during a strong Northerly Wind Force 7 after she dragged anchor from Bunkering Area 1 with 7 crew members. Malta Red Cross dispatched 4 vehicles including ambulances and […]