Tanker News – Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) sells IZUMO PRINCESS – April 2024

Greek shipping company Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has sold the 2007 Japanese built aframax tanker IZUMO PRINCESS for approximately $37 million, advancing its ongoing initiative to modernize her fleet.   Although the buyer was not disclosed she is now owned by Seychelles-registered Noble Sphere Corp and has been renamed THORIN heading to Primorsk, Russia. Currently […]

Local Shipping – Tugboat SPINOLA sold – March 2024

The 2009 Spanish built AVT 37/70 Terminal/Escort Tug SPINOLA part of Tug Malta Limited a fully owned company of Rimorchiatori Mediterranei SpA, the latter being a sub-holding company of Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group of Genova,  that commenced towage operations within the Harbours and Territorial Waters of the Maltese Islands in 1980. She was built in Spain […]

Red Sea Crisis – Greek and British ships hit by Houthi attacks – 06.02.2024

According to Houthi spokesperson it was claimed that  the group had successfully hit the kamsarmax bulker STAR NASIA owned by Star Bulk and the  general cargo ship MORNING TIDE. In a release, the Houthis referred to STAR NASIA as an American ship, and MORNING TIDE as a British ship. The attack on MORNING TIDE which […]

Opinion – Terms in Shipping at Malta – 25.11.2023

Looking at certain ship photos caption it’s either you laugh or you cry. Most of the funniest shipping terms comes from the Media but when you see certain photographers that are involved in shipping photography you will say – Are you Serious ?? 🙂 CHARTERING is the term used to name the renting of a […]

Offshore – Noble secures 2 drillships and jackup contracts – November 2023

New York and Copenhagen-listed offshore rig owner Noble Corporation has secured more work for its drillships and jackups units. The 2011 built  188metres drillship NOBLE GLOBETROTTER I and the 2013 built NOBLE GLOBETROTTER II have both received additional contracts from Shell for work in the US Gulf of Mexico. The NOBLE GLOBETROTTER I  has been […]

Tanker News – DOMINIA’s crew standoff OPL Malta – 28.09.2023

An international legal battle has erupted around the 2009 built tanker DOMINIA that used to be owned  by the Bari, Italy  based shipping company Morfini. Originally the tanker was arrested by Transport Malta via court order with CW 870/2023 on 23rd May, 2023 following the action of the Irish fund Nassau Maritime Holdings, which in […]

RoRo Vessels – MSC BRIDGE

One of the Italian built ships that had an interesting shipping history so far is the 1998 built roll on roll off (RoRo) vessel MSC BRIDGE. She was built in Italy by Esercizio Cantieri at Viareggio as STENA AUSONIA. Between 1998 and 2002 she was chartered to Britain’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary renamed RFA SEA CENTURION A 98 […]

Aerial Photography – MPP ship MARTINA loaded – 03.08.2023

One of the Multi Purpose (MPP) Ships trading worldwide, the 109 metres vessel MARTINA,  was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS (MSPAP) last Thursday 3rd August, 2023 She was leaving within territorial waters (wtw) after she uplifted bunkers at OPL Malta of which she was photographed offshore Gozo on a beautiful hot sunny […]

STS Operation – SIGNAL MAYA and WHITE TRADER – 20.07.2020

On Monday 20th July, 2020 a ship to ship (STS) Operation between the 249.97 m crude oil tanker SIGNAL MAYA and the 274 m crude oil tanker WHITE TRADER was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS offshore Malta. SIGNAL MAYA was built in South Korea by Hyundai Samho on 17th July, 2017 with […]