Casualties – Container Ship ONE ORPHEUS collision at Suez Canal – 06.12.2023

On Wednesday 6th December, 2023, the 2008 built 336 m container ship ONE ORPHEUS sailing through the Suez Canal lost her ability to steer due to a rudder failure and collided with equipment at the end of the channel in the canal. The Suez Canal Authority said that following the accident, the following ships were […]

Tankers – BRITISH WILLOW seen as AFRA WILLOW at Malta – 2016

One of the British Petroleum (BP) tankers  that was seen at Malta as the BRITISH WILLOW, was seen again 3 years later after she was sold and renamed as AFRA WILLOW. The crude oil tanker BRITISH WILLOW was built at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co Ltd at Numakuma in Japan in 2003. Her life with BP ended […]

Military Nostalgia – JDS ARIAKE DD 183

The Fletcher Class Destroyer named for Admiral Frank F. Fletcher was the largest destroyer class ordered. It was also one of the most successful and popular with their crews. Compared to earlier classes built for the United States Navy, the Fletchers carried a significant increase in lethal firepower, including anti-aircraft (AA) weapons and increased Armor plating; this contributed to greater displacement and overall […]

Bunkering – Bulker SANTA ANGELINA at Malta – March 2022

The Japanese built bulker SANTA ANGELINA was seen uplifting bunkers at Bunkering Area 6 in Malta during Wednesday 23rd March, 2022. She was built at Imabari by Shin Kurushima Onishi Shipyard at Japan in 2015 homeported at Monrovia (LBR Flag). She’s 189.93 metres long with 32.26 metres beam and a deadweight (dwt) of 58,099 ts. […]

Offshore News – 33 metre supply vessel DOT 1

A Japanese Built Crewboat that used to be homeported at Valletta and owned by a Maltese Shipping Group, was seen renamed as DOT 1 berthed and loading for Libya for the first time on Tuesday 13th July, 2021. She was built in 1980 by Yokohama Yacht at Yokohama, Japan being the second commercial vessel built […]

Casualties – Vehicle Carrier FELICITY ACE fire – 16.02.2022

On Wednesday 16th February, 2022 the 2005 built 200 metres long vehicle carrier carrying various cargo including 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys amongst nearly 4,000 vehicles caught fire about 200 miles from Terceira Island in the Azores. The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguese) airlifted the 22 crew members which abandoned the ship and survived. Meanwhile the […]