Destination Gozo – SEA CLOUD II off Gozo – 15.05.2017

One of the passenger ships that from time to time anchor off Mgarr Harbour, Gozo and transferring passengers to shore and back to the ship apart from Comino Charters etc is the 2001 built sailing passenger ship SEA CLOUD II. Unlike the SEA CLOUD , she is a newbuilding, built at the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros […]

Maiden Call – Dutch Built general cargo ship LHOTSE C – 02.02.2024

One of the Ferus Smit Shipyard built vessels trading around is the 1985 built general cargo ship LHOTSE C homeported at Moroni with Comoros flag (COM). She was built in 1985 as the WATUM and 10 years later she was sold and renamed as DIAMANT of which both at Malta & Gozo use to be […]

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 […]

AFM – Air Wing SAR Demo at Open Day in Gozo – 02.10.2010

Commemorating its 40th anniversary, the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) held its first Open Day at Gozo at Mgarr Harbour. Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono and Acting President Anton Tabone, who visited the Open Day  had the opportunity to meet Gozitan AFM personnel. They were shown around by AFM commander Brigadier Martin G. Xuereb and Colonel […]

Passer By – Ropax BLUE STAR 1 – 04.06.2023

On Sunday 4th June, 2023 at 0009 hrs the 2000 built ropax BLUE STAR 1 was seen passing 28.8 nautical miles off Mgarr Harbour, Gozo while underway to home at Greece after she finished her charter with Irish Ferries and left Rosslare Harbour, Ireland 4 days ago last Wednesday 31st May. She was built by […]

Local Shipping – Ferry CALYPSOLAND

One of the ferries that used to operate in the Gozo Channel, between Malta and Gozo was the 1932 Dutch built CALYPSOLAND. She was built at De Schelde in Vlissingen, Netherlands as the PRINS HENDRIK but a year later  in 1933 she was modified due to instability problems by the same yard. In 1940 she […]

Weather Conditions – Storm Helios Damage at Grand Harbour – February 2023

During February 2023 Malta experienced STORM HELIOS which was set to hit the Maltese Islands late Wednesday 8th February as a depression that was located over Algeria moved across to Libya and made its way towards the central Mediterranean. From the early hours of Thursday until Thursday night, Force 7  Easterly winds where in force and […]

Virtu Ferries – High Speed Craft GOZO EXPRESS arrival – 11.04.2022

On Monday 11th April, 2022 the Incat Crowther 42 High Speed Craft GOZO EXPRESS arrived at Grand Harbour, Malta as a deck cargo aboard the 2014 built mpp vessel EEMSLIFT DAFNE after she passed the Suez Canal on Thursday 7th April. GOZO EXPRESS arrived as EXCELLENCE OF MAJESTIC homeported at Singapore (SGP) with 42.2 metres […]

Virtu Ferries – MARIA DOLORES with His Holiness Pope Francis – 02.04.2022

On Saturday 2nd April, 2022 His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to Malta crossed to the sister island of Gozo by the High Speed Craft MARIA DOLORES. After leaving the Apostolic Nunciature, Rabat , Malta the entourage proceeded to DWQ 5 to board the Virtu Ferries High Speed Craft MARIA DOLORES to cross […]