Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 283 SAN NIKOLA

One of the Danish built vessels that used to trade around the Maltese Islands was the 1963 built 25.03 metre fishing vessel SAN NIKOLA. She was built in Denmark by Marstal Traeskibsverft at Marstal as the SLEIPNIR VE 62 for scampi fishing at Iceland. In 1996 she was bought to Maltese owners and brought to […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 7053 CRYSTAL STARLIGHT

One of the Belgian built vessels trading around the Maltese Islands is the 1986 built 23.85 fishing vessel CRYSTAL STARLIGHT. Built by Fulton Marine NV at Ruisbroek, Belgium as the Belgian (BEL) vessel MANTA with call sign OPBL. She was seen in Malta back to May 2010 berthed at the Old Fishmarket. Then during August […]

Fishing Vessels – Maltese Fishing Support Workboat GANG PIL LEE

One of the Spanish built vessels trading in Malta is the 2002 built 25.23 metres long fishing support workboat GANG PIL LEE. She was built at Astilleros Nodosa at Marin Shipyard, Spain as yard number 247 and named as AJD 1 for the Maltese Blue Fin Tuna farming Venture AJD Tuna that was established in […]

Former Military – Maltese Fishing Vessel MADONNA TA POMPEI F 14

One of the former British Forces vessels left in Malta and acquired for various services was the Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML) ML 1271 built in 1943 by and used as the fishing vessel MADONNA TA POMPEI F 14. As HDML’s their numbers were from ML 1001 to ML 1600, designed by the Admiralty and […]

Casualties – MFA 384 PEPPINA at Marsalforn Bay, Gozo – 13.11.2021

On Saturday 13th November, 2021 thanks to Alldive Ltd Personnel together with TugMalta Personnel saved the 12.65 metre fishing vessel MFA 384 PEPPINA from sinking though her stern was already underwater at Marsalforn Bay, Gozo. Normally MFA 384 PEPPINA is moored at the Menqa in Marsalforn Bay of which last June she was spotted there […]

Fishing Vessels – TOK TOK

A British built fishing vessel which ended her years in black events was the 1975 built TOK TOK. She was originally the Petershead Tynedraft 86 Class Fishing Vessel GOLDEN DAWN bearing fishing matricola PD 211 and later while she was delivered to Maltese owners she was flying Irish (IRL) Flag and with matricola as BS […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – 1975 built GOLDEN DAWN

One of the United Kingdom (UK) based fishing vessels bought locally was the 1975 built GOLDEN DAWN. She was built at Cubow Ltd, Woolwich, London as yard no 704 for Skipper A. Cowe (later to become assistant harbour master at Peterhead) as GOLDEN DAWN with fishing matricola as PD 211. She was a Tynedraft 86 […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – 1971 built CARMELA

One of the North Sea Standby Safety Vessel that was bought locally in Malta was the 1971 built steel hulled CARMELA. She was brought to Malta early 90’s as CAM SPRITE sporting black hull and was based at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo. She was built in UK by W. R. Cunis Ltd., Woolwich as FARID with […]

Local Shipping – Fishing Vessel AQUARIUS

One of the Dutch built fishing vessels that used to be owned by a Maltese owned company was the 1972 built Beam Trawler AQUARIUS. Built by W. Visser & Zoon N.V. Werf De Lastdrager in Den Helder, Netherlands as yard number 68 launched as GUSTA EN JENNY trading until 1974; LAURENS ELISABETH trading until 1984 […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – MFA 298 MANWEL

One of the German built fishing trawlers that used to be part of the Maltese Fishing Fleet was the 1974 built MANWEL with fishing matricola as F 298. She was built by Martin Jansen GmbH & Co KG, Leer with yard number 112 and completed in Danmark as the Danish Side Fishing Trawler WESTBOUND homeported […]