Malta Naval Visits – June 2024

Monday 3rd June.  The operated Military Sealift Command of the US Navy Pathfinder Class Oceanographic Ship USNS MARIE THARP T-AGS 66 left Valletta, Malta from DWQ 2 wharf passing breakwaters at 1515 hrs. Tuesday 4th June. The Marine Nationale (French Navy) Vulcain Class MCM Diving Tender FS ACHERON A 613 left Valletta  passing breakwaters at 0919 hrs from […]

Maiden Call – Cruise Liner CARNIVAL LEGEND at Malta – 01.06.2024

The month of June started with another Cruise Liner Maiden Call – CARNIVAL LEGEND, one of 6 Spirit Class that were built in Finland by Kvaerner Masa-Yards at Helsinki. With yard number 501  she was launched on Monday 17th December, 2001, and christened by English actress and author Dame Judi Dench in Harwich, Essex, UK, on Wednesday 21st August, […]

Tall Ships – BELEM arrived at Greece to carry Olympic Flame – 22.04.2024

The Historic 1896 launched barque BELEM arrived this afternoon at Greece to transport the Olympic Flame for the Paris 2024 Games. The Flame has always been transported by plane, it has never arrived by boat, so this is something that is happening for the first time of which the flame will be handed over on […]

BFT Season 2023 – 2021 built French OPV for Fisheries Patrol

The eastern bluefin (BFT) migration has supported valuable fisheries in the Mediterranean since antiquity. Initially based on hand lines and beach seines, these fisheries were dominated after the 16th century by tuna cages placed in the path of migrating tuna. After the expansion of purse seines and longlines in the Atlantic (in the 1950s) and […]

Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – PINTO

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 […]

Yachting – 1999 built BOADICEA at Malta – 2021

One of the Dutch shipyard Amels built superyachts BOADICEA was seen in Malta from March to July, 2021. She’s definitely not new to our Maltese Islands. Built in 1999 as the 76.60 metre with 14 metres beam and maximum draft of 4.2 metres as BOADICEA she was renamed as REBORN homeported at Douglas ( IOM […]

LNG News – Japanese NYK Line boosts LNG Carrier Management – 22.10.2020

The Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) has now agreed with Total to buy the oil major’s 80% stake of the GAZOCEAN, a French ship management company based at Marseilles, France which handles operation of six LNG ships. Before Thursday 22nd October NYK Line held only 20% of the stock in Gazocean and Total held […]

Yachting – SS DELPHINE in the Mediterranean Sea – August 2020

One of the wonderful classic motor yachts around, a remnant of a bygone era is the 1921 built SS DELPHINE. Built in 1921 in USA by the Great Lakes Engineering works yard for Horace Dodge (who sadly died before she was launched) one of the largest American automotive manufacturers, this luxury motor yacht has retained […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – CMA CGM TOSCA – Feb/March 2020

On Sunday 2nd February, 2020 the 334 metre long container ship CMA CGM TOSCA entered Grand Harbour bound for Palumbo Malta Shipyard. She was assisted by 4 tugs LIENI, PAWLINA, SPINOLA and ST. ELMO. She was assisted for Dock 6. She was built in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co Ltd at Mokpo […]