Tugboat News – VB BUCEFALO former Maltese tug SPINOLA in fresh livery at Spain – May 2024

Last 19th March, we issued an article regarding the sale of the former Maltese tug SPINOLA ( https://maltashipphotos.com/local-shipping-tugboat-spinola-sold-march-2024/)  by the powerful Valencian Shipping Group Boluda Towage , a world leader in the towage sector. And during May, 2024 she was renamed as VB BUCEFALO to join their fleet based at Algeciras operating with other Boluda […]

CMA CGM News – Launching of SEA REWARD Program on 13th March 2024

On March 13th, 2024, CMA CGM Group announced the launch of SEA REWARD powered by SpotOn, an innovative loyalty program designed to redefine customer experience in the shipping industry. This loyalty program now rewards you for every booking you make on the SpotOn digital quotation channel. As you ascend through the program’s four status levels […]

Maltese Fortifications – Saint Anthony’s Battery at Qala, Gozo

One of only two surviving batteries on Gozo that was built by the Order of Saint John between 1731 and 1732 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the coasts of the Maltese Islands is the SAINT ANTHONY’S BATTERY at Qala. It was built by the Order of Saint John on the eastern […]

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 […]

Local Shipping – 1939 built tug SABU

One of the Dutch built vessels serving around the Maltese Islands was the 1939 built 21.67 metre single screw tug SABU. During the Golden Days all tugs were named by taking the first letters of the owner’s name, Salvatore (SA), and the first letter of his surname, Bezzina (B) and then adding a vowel infact […]

State Visit – Pope Francis at Gozo – 02.04.2022

Malta welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to the country from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 3rd April of which on Saturday 2nd April he visited the sister island of Gozo. The island of Gozo was wearing Holy Week dress and Vatican City Flags mounted on road roundabouts, balconies, roof flagpoles etc […]

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 […]

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 […]

Emergency Vehicles – M-0032 Dennis F 44 Rolls Royce Fire Engine at Malta

The Fire Section within the Malta Police was set up in 1934. In April 1936, it started making use of the first ever fire engine at its disposal. For many years the responsibility for Fire Services was in the hands of the British services in Malta. In 1883 the Malta Police were given some fire […]