Casualties – Disabled YANNIS P towed to Kaliningrad – August 2023

The 2010 built crude oil tanker YANNIS P which was loaded with crude oil from India to Russia was towed to Kaliningrad after she had engine problems and had to anchor 12 miles off Rugen, Germany for more than 2 weeks. The captain of the tanker confirmed that the towing should commence on Monday 14th […]

Tanker News – Action against tankers switching off their AIS – June 2023

The European Union (EU) has provided further details of its latest package of sanctions against Russia. Ships caught carrying out ship to ship (STS) transfers of price cap breaking Russian oil in European waters will be banned from EU ports. The bloc has also said it will prohibit access to EU ports for vessels if […]

Dredging – Van Oord’s vessel STORNES has set a new world record – May 2023

The 1868 founded Royal Van Oord, a Dutch maritime contracting company that specializes in dredging, land reclamation and constructing man made islands is claiming a new water depth record for subsea rock installation. The 2011 Chinese built flexible fallpipe vessel STORNES perfomed these works in 1,364 m of water for Woodside’s Sangomar field development, 100 km offshore Senegal’s capital […]

Tugboat News – GIOVANNI BALISTRERI sold – March 2022

During March 2022 the Italian tugboat GIOVANNI BALISTRERI was sold to Nigerian interests. She was built in Italy in July 1980 by Cantiere Navali Giorgetti in Viareggio as MULETTO with yard number 29 for the Augusta company Augustea Imprese Marittime E Di Salvataggi SpA working as a harbour tug at Messina. With 27.62 metres length […]

Ship Repair – Bezzina Ship Repair Yard – Aug-Sept 2021

Bezzina Ship Repair Yard (BSRY) is a complete Ship and Yacht repair facility for vessels of steel, aluminium, CRP and wood. It is a privately family owned and situated at Coal Wharf, Grand Harbour inner side. With 2 former Admiralty reinforced concrete floating docks (RCFD) of which lately they were refurbished, repetitive and new clients […]

STS Operation – BEAR ALCOR and PATRICIA – 04.09.2021

On Saturday 4th September, 2021 a ship to ship (STS) Operation between the 274 m crude oil tanker BEAR ALCOR and the 144 m chemical/oil products tanker PATRICIA was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS offshore Malta. BEAR ALCOR was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on 8th March, 2002 as the Double […]

Conveyance – Busy Wednesday 24th March, 2021

Vessels calling for crew change, provisions, fendering operations, disembarking/embarking personnel etc are positioned 3/5 miles depending on the cargo for conveyance services. Below is an example of a busy morning that happened on Wednesday 24th March 2021 – The 2013 Romanian built and owned chemical/oil products tanker HISTRIA AMBRA was seen receiving yokohama fenders for […]

STS Operation – BLUE TRADER and KRISJANIS VALDEMARS – 01.01.2017

On New Year’s Day of 2017, a ship to ship (STS) Operation between the 270 m crude oil tanker BLUE TRADER and the 182 m chemical/oil products tanker KRISJANIS VALDEMARS was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS offshore Malta. BLUE TRADER was built in China by Dalian New Shipbuilding Heavy Industry in 1997 while KRISJANIS VALDEMARS was built in […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – SUPREME – 01.09 – 20.10.2020

On Tuesday 1st September the 2002 built aframax crude oil tanker SUPREME entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time berthing at Parlatorio Wharf assisted by local tugs. She was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) at Ulsan in 2002 as UNICORN trading until November 2007 where she was renamed to HEYDAR […]