Naval Ships – HS HERACLES A 472

One of the Norwegian built ships that was built as a civilian and now in naval use is the Hellenic Navy Atlas Class Logistics Support Ship HS HERACLES A 472.  She was built in Norway by Soviknes Verft AS (now VARD Soviknes) as the offshore supply ship HIGHLAND NAVIGATOR for Gulf Offshore at Aberdeen, Scotland […]

Maiden Call – UT 745 design supply ship SAR MARINER at Malta – February, 2024.

The first British ordered  supply vessel to be built to DNV’s new environmental class was the UT 745 design offshore supply vessel NORTH MARINER nicknamed as a class of her own.  Designed and built at Simek AS, Flekkefjord in Norway for Gulf Offshore NS Ltd, Scotland. Her ship class was Det Norske Veritas’ main class […]

Maiden Call – Euro Carrier 2611 Multicat VIKING ENERGY at Malta – 18.02.2024

Another Euro Carrier 2611 multicat , this time from a Scottish Company , the VIKING ENERGY entered Grand Harbour, Malta last Sunday 18th February passing breakwaters at 1251 hrs coming from Constanta, Romania via Bosphorus Straits, Turkey with her berth being Deep Water Quay (DWQ) 4 ahead of Virtu Gozo High Speed Craft (HSC). The […]

Renaming’s – MAERSK DISPATCHER to AQUAMAN II – August 2023

One of the Chilean built vessels trading around – MAERSK DISPATCHER was sold last year by Maersk Supply Service (MSS) to Star Matrix Ltd based at Hong Kong and renamed as AQUAMAN II. Her last Paris MOU inspection was made at Fredericia, Denmark last 21st January, 2024 with 2 found deficiencies She was built by […]

Offshore – Anchor Handling Vessel SOVEREIGN

One of the Chinese built offshore industry vessels currently trading in the maritime world is the 2003 built anchor handling vessel SOVEREIGN. She was built at CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard at Yantai, China for Klyne Tugs Ltd at Lowestoft, UK as ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN christened on 27th August, 2003 where she traded until 2007 of which […]

Research/Survey Vessel – BERGEN SURVEYOR

One of the converted fishing vessels that used to be around was the 1972 built BERGEN SURVEYOR. Above and timeline image is back to April, 2011 while leaving Aberdeen, Scotland. She was built in 1972 in Lowestoft (United Kingdom) by Brooke Marine as the fishing trawler SUB SURVEYOR I with red hull trading until 1982.  […]

Cable Layer – CABLE VIGILANCE at Malta – August 2023

The latest vessel that joined the fleet for the Malaysian based OMS Group (OMSG) in July 2022, the CABLE VIGILANCE has entered Grand Harbour, Malta during August 2023. She’s the new submarine cable installation and was inaugurated in Dunkirk. She was built in China by CIMC Raffles Offshore at Yantai for British Petroleum (BP), UK […]

Military Nostalgia – HMS Forth A 187 at Malta

One of the most notable naval vessels when Malta served as a British Naval Base was no doubt the Submarine Depot Ship HMS FORTH with pennant number as A 187. At Grand Harbour back to February, 1948. Laid down on 30th June 1937, launched on 11th August 1938 and Commissioned on 14th May, 1939, she […]

Maiden Call – Multicat C-FENNA at Malta – 13.07.2023

On Thursday 13 th July, 2023 the 2013 built GBR flag Eurocarrier 2611 design multicat C-FENNA entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 1626hrs coming from Fairlie, Scotland meaning that we witnessed 2 Eurocarriers in a week and both as maiden calls. She was built in the Netherlands by Neptune Shipyard as yard number 423 for Stemat […]

Ship Repair – Former Norwegian Rescue Ship at BSRY – May 2008.

An interesting vessel that called at the family owned ship repair yard, situated at Coal Wharf, Grand Harbour inner side was the 1966 built former Norwegian Rescue Ship SPEIDEREN. She was temporarily berthed at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Marina berth at Valletta. She was part of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) as RS 70 […]