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 […]

Tugboat – 1957 built HELP at Malta – March 2002

One of the Emden, Germany built tugs that called at Malta was the single screw tugboat HELP, homeported at Nuku Alofa, Tonga flag (TON). She was built by Werft Schulte & Bruns, at Emden, Germany as VOURI with yard number 193 and launched on 15th November 1956  for Union des Remorqueurs de Douala, Cameroon, homeported at […]

Former Military – Yacht PLAN B at Malta

One of the former naval vessels that was given a second life, converted as the luxury yacht PLAN B is the former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hydrographic Ship HMAS FLINDERS A 312. She was built by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. HMAS FLINDERS  was commissioned into the RAN in 1973, and was used […]

Russia-Ukraine War – 2 more Russian Navy Ships Damaged – Week 37 of 2023.

On Friday 15th September, 2023  the newly introduced sea surface drone of Ukraine SEA BABY damaged the Russian Navy Bora Class missile corvette RFS SAMUM MRK 616 disabling her. The attack happened near the Russian naval base in Sevastopol, in occupied Crimea.  It seems that she listed on one side due to flooded compartments and was […]

Maiden Call – Tanker ECOMATE at Grand Harbour, Malta – 13.09.2023

On Wednesday 13th September, 2023 the 1993 built Greek owned with MLT flag tanker ECOMATE entered Grand Harbour, Malta during her maiden call. She was built in Japan by Kurinoura Dockyard & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. at  Yawatahama with yard number 310 as the Double Hulled tanker SOHWA MARU No.5 launched on 2nd July 1993 and […]

Casualties – NOAA Survey Ship S 221 RAINIER on Fire in South Pacific – 05.09.2023

Last Tuesday 5th September, 2023 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) survey ship S 221 RAINIER  suffered a fire aboard during operations off American Samoa.   The fire was controlled and all 41 people were reported safe with no injuries. The fire started  in the exhaust stacks of the survey vessel, impacting the ship’s […]