Local Shipping – BEEZER

One of the ships involved in Oil Spill Response is the 1990 built RTK 412 Ramped Craft BEEZER. She arrived aboard the research ship NORTHELLA back in 2001 (NORTHELLA article – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/10/17/research-survey-vessel-northella/ )of which she was stored at Cassar Ship Repair Yard. Apart from oil spill response she’s used for other purposes such as transportation […]

Passers By – Naval Units during February & March 2021.

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – On Friday 5th February, 2021 the 103 metre Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship USNS CARSON CITY T-EPF 7 passed by on her way to Sudan, the first US Navy ship to visit Port Sudan since the founding of U.S. Africa Command […]

Naval Visits- FS D’ENTRECASTEAUX A 757 – 01 – 03.12.1999

On Wednesday 1st December 1999 the Marine Nationale (French Navy) Oceanographic and Hydrographic Ship FS D’ENTRECASTEAUX A 757 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for a 3 day Diplomatic Visit berthing port side alongside at Viset (now Valletta Cruise Port) Pinto 4 Wharf. She was laid down in July 1969, launched on 30th May 1970 by DCN […]

Passer By – Sailing Ship KRUZENSHTERN – 12.04.2020

On Sunday 12th April, 2020 the 94 year old Russian (RUS) flag and owned tall ship KRUZENSHTERN was spotted underway 28.1 nautical miles off Malta heading to Novorossiysk, Russia from Las Palmas at 2225 hrs. Built in 1926 in Bremerhaven, Germany as the cargo ship PADUA she was a four masted barque and used among other things to ship construction […]

Malta Naval Visits – FS BEAUTEMPS-BEUPRE A 758 – 11-17.10.2019

FS BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRE A 758 called at Valletta for the second time during 2019 this time from Friday 11th to Thursday 17th though originally she was leaving on Tuesday 15th . She’s part of the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service. During August 2019 together with the hydrographic vessel FS LAPEROUSE A 791 she conducted a […]

Malta Naval Visits – FS BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRE A 758 – 28.01 to 01.02.2019

FS BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRE A 758 is a ship of the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service named after the hydrographer Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre. She was launched on 26th April 2002 and entered service on 13th December 2003. She entered Valletta on Monday 28th January 2019 berthing port side alongside to Pinto 3 Wharf, Valletta Cruise Port. […]

Naval Movements at Valletta, Malta – Week 45 of 2018

Monday 5th November, 2018. Before 0900 hrs the AFM Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) P62 entered Valletta calling at Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd to berth at Bormla Wharf.        Wednesday 7th November, 2018. At 1614 hrs the Royal Navy Type 45 Class Destroyer HMS DIAMOND D 34 entered Valletta on her way home bound to […]

Ship of the Week – SKANDI INSPECTOR

DOF Subsea, a subsidiary of the Norwegian company DOF, sold their 36 year old subsea support vessel SKANDI INSPECTOR back to the end of 2015. The vessel built by Hatlo Verksted-Ulsteinvik, Norway, in 1979 as TENDER CAPTAIN and in January 1986 she was sold to Farstad Offshore and renamed FAR CAPTAIN.  DOF purchased the vessel in […]

Naval News – Royal New Zealand Navy Purchases Second Hand OSV

The New Zealand Government has approved the purchase of a dive and hydrographic support vessel for the Royal New Zealand Navy. The 85-meter (280-foot) Norwegian built multi-role offshore support vessel, the EDDA FONN, will be outfitted with the dive and hydrographic systems required by the Defence Force, before being delivered to Devonport Naval Base in […]