Broken Up – Greenpeace Ship ESPERANZA – 21.02.2002

After 2 decades the Greenpeace ship ESPERANZA has arrived at the port of Gijon, in Spain on Saturday 12th February, 2002 for recycling procedures by DDR Vessels XXI, one of the 2 companies specialised in ship recycling authorised by the EU. She was built in Poland by Stocznia Polnocna at Gdansk as yard number B98/04 […]

Casualties – Sailing Catamaran NOMADE – 27th March 2002

On Sunday 7th April, 2002 the Civil Protection Department (CPD) fireboat GARIBALDI entered Grand Harbour, Malta towing a capsized 11 metre sailing catamaran NOMADE that capsized on Wednesday 27th March in rough weather around 37 miles offshore Malta with her French male solo crew that was rescued by the 1975 built Cypriot flag cargo ship […]

Bulkers – 225 metre YONG JIA at Malta – September 2007

During September 2007 an unusual 225 metre bulker in Ballast Condition – YONG JIA was seen berthed starboard side alongside to DWQ 4 on Friday 14th. She was built in China by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group of Shanghai with Yard no as H1283A ordered on 21st July 1999, keel laid on 18th October 2000, launched […]

Tankers – Bitumen Tanker ASFALTAR

One of the Bitumen Tankers that used to call at Grand Harbour, Malta was the 1969 built lady ASFALTAR. She was built in Germany by Werft Nobiskrug GmbH at Rendsburg as yard no 655 with Ice Strengthened bow as the TARJO trading until 1972; PELLWORM for few months and as ASFALTIERA with the Italian Company […]

Casualties – Cargo Ship KALELI ANA aground – 19.12.2021

On Sunday 19th December the 1976 built 101 metre Cargo Ship KALELI ANA ran aground while loaded with 6,554 tons of corn from Reni, Ukraine on her way to Famagusta, Cyprus. The accident occurred on the left bank of the Sulinsky Canal, Romania due to a problem of the steering system. Regular shipping traffic continued […]

Malta Naval Visits – FS JEANNE D’ARC R 97 – 19-23.04.2002

On Friday 19th April 2002 the French Navy Helicopter Carrier FS JEANNE D’ARC 97 together with the Georges Leygues Class Frigate FS GEORGES LEYGUES D 640 entered Grand Harbour for a diplomatic visit berthing at Pinto 4 and 5 wharves alongside each other with the helicopter carrier alongside berth. R 97 had 6 Helicopters Embarked […]

Offshore – Offshore Support Vessel THE PERFORMER at Malta – April 2002.

One of the Norwegian built offshore vessels was the 1977 built Diving Maintenance Support Vessel THE PERFORMER. She was built by Nylands Verksted in Oslo, Norway with yard number 784 as the ARCTIC SEAL with red hull trading until January 1987, then as V.S.O PERFORMER until 1989; VSO PERFORMER for few months and with her […]

Malta Drydocks – 237 m Ore Bulk Oil (OBO) MARINE STAR – April 1991

On Friday 19th April the 1973 built ore bulk oil (obo) carrier MARINE STAR entered Grand Harbour, Malta berthing at the Tank Cleaning Farm (TCF) Facilities. She was built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at Yokohama as yard no 934 named as ETERNAL LIGHT with Sanko Line, Japan. She was 237.70 metres as length […]