Russia-Ukraine War – 2 more naval ships gone during May 2024

Ukraine continues to report a string of successes against the Russian Navy. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, a minesweeper was destroyed during the night of May 18-19 as part of its attacks on occupied Crimea. The Russian Black Sea fleet Project 266M or Natya Class ocean minesweeper is the RFS KOVROVETS that was […]

Broken Up – SS Cape Nome AK-1014 – December 2023

One of the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) Ship used by the Military Sealift Command  in delivering ammunition, fuel, tanks, food, and other supplies to the US Navy in 1990-91 Persian Gulf war was the C5 class breakbulk ship SS CAPE NOME AK 1014 She was laid down on 26th September 1969, as SS MORMACSTAR, a […]

Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – BORMLA

Sea Malta Company Limited was the Maltese National Shipping Line. Established on 10th November 1973 during the tenure of the Labour Government led by Dominic Mintoff, which had the majority of the shares in the new company. The quest of this company was to provide maritime services company as well as to the need of the nation in general, and to […]

RoRo Vessels – Linea Messina ship JOLLY INDACO

One of the Soviet Union (USSR) built vessels that used to call at Malta was the 1989 built ro/ro vessel JOLLY INDACO owned by Linea Messina, Italy. She was built at Severnaya Verf Shipbuilding Yard at Saint Petersburg as yard number 843 as the Project 16071 ro/ro ship for Baltic Sea Shipping, USSR as S.KIROV […]

Aerial Photography – Crude Oil Tanker FRANKOPAN

One of the Croatian Ships trading around, the 250 metres crude oil tanker FRANKOPAN, part of the Shipping Company – Tankerska Plovidba based in Zadar was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS (MSPAP). She was leaving within territorial waters (wtw) after she left drydocking at Palumbo Malta Shipyard. As a company, it’s been […]

Tugboat News – Ocean Going Tug SA AMANDLA to retire in Q4 of 2023

Having delivered nearly five decades of service to the regional and international maritime industry since she was built in Durban in 1976 the iconic ocean-going Emergency Towing Vessel SA AMANDLA is to be retired for recycling. Almost 48 years old, she was brought into service as the JOHN ROSS built by Elgin Brown & Hamer […]

Malta Naval Visits – LNS TARIQ IBN ZIYAD – 29.07 to 01.08.1991

The Libyan Navy Nanuchka II Class (Project 1234E) Missile Corvette TARIQ IBN ZIYAD one of the Only 2 Nanuchka Hulls that ever visited Malta entered Grand Harbour on Monday 29th July berthing at Crucifix Wharf (now known as Pinto Wharf). She was built at the Soviet Union Vympel Shipyard for the Soviet Navy as MRK […]

Malta Drydocks – Nanuchka Class Missile Corvettes for repairs – 1985

Over a 47 year period Malta Drydocks (MDD) from 1963 to 2010 evolved into a conundrum that baffled successive governments, the Maltese and the Dockyard workers themselves. Few people know that after Malta became neutral (Freedom Day is celebrated annually – 31st March) and we still have Brainwashed People saying that no more warships since […]

Local Shipping – 29 towing Bezz IV – 02.05.2015

One of the 6 former US Army tugs that was donated by the US Government to Malta and currently owned by Bezzina Maritime Services is no doubt the famous workhorse tug 29. She was built by American Electric Welding Co, Savannah, Georgia, USA as ST 2029 for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. […]