Ukraine Crisis – Ships Shelled in Black Sea – Feb 2022

The Black Sea is a critical region for agricultural traders and oil traders alike. Ukraine and Russia together account for more than a quarter of the global trade in wheat and about a fifth of corn. That trade was thrown into chaos after Ukraine’s ports closed in the wake of Russia’s invasion. With Russia invasion […]

Heavy Lift – 2018 built GPO AMETHYST

One of the four sister ships of equal design in semisubmersible vessels in the world is the 2018 built 225 metres GPO AMETHYST. She was built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan as yard number 1058 in 2018 with 225.008 metres long, beam of 48.02 metres and draft of 10.67 metres. She’s homeported at Majuro with […]

Yachting – Busy Yacht Movements at Grand Harbour, Malta 14.05.2021 – 17.05.2021

Malta’s strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean with one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours, accessible and Our Beautiful islands has became a top yachting destination to the Mediterranean. Summer is getting nearer with temperatures rising up ( At the time of writing temperature is 27°C ). Here are some movements of […]

Bunkering – Tanker ADELIA

One of the bunkering tankers operating around the Maltese Islands is the 2010 built tanker ADELIA. She was built in China by Sopo Shipyard at Zhenjiang as MARILENA II for Pearl Prosperity with Marshall Islands Flag (MHL) and renamed to ADELIA in November 2013. She was first seen in Malta in 2019 of which during […]

Casualties – Russian Navy Corvette collides with a Refrigerated Ship – 23.09.2020

On Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 early morning the Russian Navy Corvette RFS KAZANETS collided with the 145 metres long refrigerated ship (NOT a container ship as reported by several media) ICE ROSE in dense fog in Danish waters on Wednesday near the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. The reefer sailed under her own power […]

Coronavirus – South Africa quarantines cruise liner AIDAMIRA – 17.03.2020

South Africa is holding the cruise liner AIDAMIRA after a crew member that had been on a flight with a fellow crew member and six passengers who boarded the cruise liner showed signs of the new coronavirus, national ports operator Transnet said on Tuesday 17th March, 2020. On Sunday 15th March, 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Busy Friday 10th January, 2020.

Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd are the ship repair facilities situated at Cospicua and previously operated by Malta Shipyards that was taken in June 2010. On Friday 10th January the 2009 built ITA flag ropax CRUISE EUROPA shifted from Parlatorio Wharf to Dock 6 by 3 local tugs in disabled condition. She is handled by Sullivan […]

Bunkering – Peninsula Petroleum at Area 6 – 30.12.2019

Due that the weather forecast was with North Easterly Wind, the designated area was Bunkering Area 6. It is the smallest area out of 6 designated Bunkering Areas. Late afternoon two Peninsula Petroleum bunkering tankers were bunkering – SCOT FRANKFURT was bunkering the 2015 built MHL flag 179 metres bitumen tanker ASPHALT SPLENDOR – Then […]

Offshore News – First Drillship for Turkey – 06.07.2019

FATIH is the first Turkish owned and Flagged (TUR) Drillship . She’s a a sixth generation ultra deepwater drillship  owned and operated by the Turkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi  (TPAO). She was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan at South Korea at a cost of nearly US$ 860 million, and launched on 25 November 2011 as DEEPSEA METRO II of which […]