Tanker News – ADVANTAGE SWEET seized by Iran – 27.04.2023

On Thursday 27th April, 2023 around 1315 hrs local time the US Naval Forces Central Command reported that the Marshall Islands flagged (MHL) tanker ADVANTAGE SWEET  was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) while transiting international waters in the Gulf of Oman after the tanker issued a distress call during the seizure. The […]

Naval News – US Navy Seize 2,116 AK-47’s in the Gulf of Oman – 06.01.2023

On Tuesday 10 th January, 2023 the US Department of Defense confirmed that Vessels of the US Navy 5th Fleet operating in the Middle East have intercepted and seized a fishing vessel carrying over 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles destined for Houthi rebels in Yemen. The interception occurred in international waters in the Middle East on […]

Breaking Up – Cruise Liner ASTOR – 23.11.2020

The 33 year old cruise liner ASTOR was sold last 15th October at an auction by C.W. Kellock London Ltd. She was built in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel in West Germany  as ASTOR for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service. In 1988, she was sold to the Soviet Union Black Sea Shipping […]