High Speed Craft – Hydrofoils Built in Malta

One of the well known Hydrofoil Builder based at Messina, Sicily (Italy) is no doubt – Rodriquez Cantieri Navali (RCN) The history of RCN  has far-off origins, and one has to go back to 1887 to date the beginning of this long and variegated entrepreneurial event. In fact, that year Leopoldo Rodriquez set up a […]

Tugboat News – GIOVANNI BALISTRERI sold – March 2022

During March 2022 the Italian tugboat GIOVANNI BALISTRERI was sold to Nigerian interests. She was built in Italy in July 1980 by Cantiere Navali Giorgetti in Viareggio as MULETTO with yard number 29 for the Augusta company Augustea Imprese Marittime E Di Salvataggi SpA working as a harbour tug at Messina. With 27.62 metres length […]

Naval News – Maiden Deployment for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 – 2021

In the afternoon of Saturday 30th May, 2021 the Aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 left her home in Portsmouth ahead of her first operational deployment. She will lead the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, which is taking part in an exercise off Scotland before departing for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region. Image by […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Ropax MOBY CORSE – 07.06.2021 – 19.06.2021

One of the most interesting ferries still around and currently operated by Moby Lines is the 1978 built MOBY CORSE which entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Monday 7th June, 2021 at 1341 hrs coming from Messina, Sicily. She was bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyards for drydocking at Dock 6 assisted by 1 tug – SEA […]

Passers By – Naval Units during February & March 2021.

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – On Friday 5th February, 2021 the 103 metre Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship USNS CARSON CITY T-EPF 7 passed by on her way to Sudan, the first US Navy ship to visit Port Sudan since the founding of U.S. Africa Command […]

Ferry News – Grandi Navi Veloci linking Malta with Palermo – January 2021.

The Italian Shipping Company established in 1992 Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) started a connection of ferry service linking Malta with Palermo. On Saturday 16th January, 2021 at 1515 hrs the 1994 built ropax AF MARINA entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time coming from Palermo via Messina Straits. She was built by Cantieri Navali […]