Dredging – Former American Dredger operating in the Persian Gulf

One of the former American owned vessels operating in the Persian Gulf is the 1979 built dredger SUGAR ISLAND that she’s still in service though she’s 44 years old. She was built in 1979 by Southern Shipbuilding Corporation with yard number 119 as the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) SUGAR ISLAND for the Great Lakes […]

Fishing Vessel – Spanish Gill Netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO

One of the Spanish Fishing Vessels that from time to time she’s seen in our waters is the 1997 built gill netter NUESTRA MADRE LORETO. She was built in Spain by Astilleros Cardama in Vigo with yard number 403 as NUESTRA MADRE LORETO homeported at Santa Pola since July 1997 with fishing matricola as 3ª […]

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 […]

Yacht Transport – SYMPHONY SPIRIT – 19.10.2021

The famous  Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta (RMSR) starting from Valletta has risen continuously since it was first held in 1968. After leaving the Grand Harbour , Malta, boats head to the Gulf of Messina (Sicily), then the Aeolian Islands (together with the active volcano Stromboli), then passing through the Aegadian Islands, Islands of […]

Ship Repair – Former Norwegian Rescue Ship at BSRY – May 2008.

An interesting vessel that called at the family owned ship repair yard, situated at Coal Wharf, Grand Harbour inner side was the 1966 built former Norwegian Rescue Ship SPEIDEREN. She was temporarily berthed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina berth at Valletta. She was part of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) as RS 70 […]

BFT Season 2023 – Cypriot Fishing Vessel MY HENDRIKA

The eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna was long a symbol of overfishing and fisheries mismanagement. Over the past decade, the stock has recovered, following the rebuilding measures introduced by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a highly migratory pelagic fish of impressive size (up […]

Delivery – Passenger Ship DANAT DUBAI – 20.10.2008

On Monday 20th October, 2008 around 1530 hrs the 1990 built UAE flag 34 metre passenger ship DANAT DUBAI was spotted entering Grand Harbour, Malta during her delivery voyage from Spain to United Arab Emirates. She was built in Australia by Austal Ships Pty Ltd with yard number 3 as BALI HAI in 1990 trading […]

Cargo News – Ship INDIAN DAWN auctioned at Malta – January 2017

Abis Shipping was founded on October 1st 2007 in the Netherlands. At the outset, Abis Shipping set a five year target to have more than 10 ships in service for short sea shipping, project cargos and river shipping. Due to the knowledge and experience of the Abis staff and input from local partners Abis Shipping […]

Anti Piracy Vessels – AL 345

One of the Anti Piracy Vessels based in Malta of which everyone thinks that she’s a former naval vessel is the Japanese built 22 metre vessel AL 345. She was first seen berthed at Dock 7 , MMH Facilities back to June 2013 and homeported at Plymouth (GBR Flag). She was built in Japan by […]