Cruise Liners – CELESTYAL OLYMPIA – 27.10.2023

One of the Finnish built cruise liners still trading is the 1981 built liner CELESTYAL OLYMPIA. She was built at Wartsila Hietalahti Shipyard at Helsinki, Finland with yard number 431 for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) as SONG OF AMERICA at the cost of $ 140 million. She was laid down on 17th February, 1981, […]

Casualties – Ferry COSSYRA on fire after leaving Lampedusa – 29.09.2023

On Friday 29th September, 2023 around 2340 hrs a fire broke out in the engine room on the 1980 built ITA flag and owned ferry COSSYRA, off Linosa Island whilst sailing from Lampedusa to Porto Empedocle, with 177 souls on board, including 150 passengers (83 of them were migrants) and 27 crew members. After the […]

Maiden Call – Oceania Cruises liner VISTA – 08.05.2023

On Monday 8th May , 2023 the Oceania Cruises Allura Class cruise liner VISTA entered Grand Harbour, Malta coming from Fincantieri Shipyard after she was delivered on Tuesday 2nd May.                Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings prepared for this day since vessel was due for […]

High Speed Craft – SPEED JET

Last 17th May, 2023 we issued an article regarding the towage of SPEED JET by tug DUKE II in the Mediterranean Sea last October  – https://maltashipphotos.com/aerial-photography-duke-ii-towing-high-speed-craft-speed-jet-06-10-2022/ And today we have for you readers the history of this lovely Austal Built AUTO EXPRESS 82… Built in 1996 as FELIX I for the Danish Ferry Operator Scandlines […]

State Visit – Pope Francis at Gozo – 02.04.2022

Malta welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis during his Apostolic visit to the country from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 3rd April of which on Saturday 2nd April he visited the sister island of Gozo. The island of Gozo was wearing Holy Week dress and Vatican City Flags mounted on road roundabouts, balconies, roof flagpoles etc […]

Passer By – Accomodation Ship EDDA FIDES – 19.02.2022

On Saturday 19th February, 2022 the 2011 built Accommodation Ship EDDA FIDES passed by the Maltese Islands while underway to Dampier, Australia. She was built in Spain by Estaleiro Barreras at Vigo with yard number 1664 with 130 metres length overall and 27 metres beam while her accommodation capacity is 600 people. EDDA FIDES while […]

Casualties – 4th body recovered from Ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA update no 1 – 24.02.2022

On Thursday 24th February, 2022 rescue crews have recovered a fourth body from the ropax EUROFERRY OLYMPIA that caught fire while sailing from Igoumenitsa, Greece to Brindisi, Italy last Friday 18th February. The body was found in the ship third garage, Greek Authorities said, bringing the total number of unaccounted passengers to seven. Earlier authorities […]