Passenger Ships – Soviet ferry GRUZIYA

One of the former Soviet Passenger/Car Ferry built in Finland was the Belorussija Class – GRUZIYA. She was built by Oy Wartsila AB, Turku Shipyard, Finland, today Meyer Turku in 1975 as one of the five sisters in the class. She was launched on 18th October 1974 and delivered on 30th June 1975 and was named […]

Broken Up – Heavy Load Carrier JUMBO SPIRIT – 29.04.2015

One of the famous Jumbo heavy load carriers that used to call at Malta was the 1995 built Heavy Load Carrier JUMBO SPIRIT. She was built by Bolnes Shipyard BV Capella /d Ijssel in Netherlands as JUMBO SPIRIT for Jumbo Spirit BV ( Kahn Scheepvaart BV Rotterdam as manager ) Rotterdam ,Netherlands with 95.69 m […]

Broken Up – Cable Ship RAYMOND CROZE – 28.12.2023

During Q 4 of 2023, the French built and French owned cable layer RAYMOND CROZE was sold to Shipbreakers at Aliaga, Turkey and was beached on Thursday 28th December, 2023. She was built by Soc Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chantiers de La Rochelle-Pallice – La Rochelle, France with yard no 1235 in 1983 with 107.02 […]

Broken Up – SS Cape Nome AK-1014 – December 2023

One of the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) Ship used by the Military Sealift Command  in delivering ammunition, fuel, tanks, food, and other supplies to the US Navy in 1990-91 Persian Gulf war was the C5 class breakbulk ship SS CAPE NOME AK 1014 She was laid down on 26th September 1969, as SS MORMACSTAR, a […]

Broken Up – Ferry TOR HOLLANDIA (1966-2010) – 11.09.2010

One of the West German built ships that was built for the Scandinavian Area was the 1966 built ferry TOR HOLLANDIA. She was  built as yard number 559 by Lübecker Flender Werke at Lubeck in West Germany. for Tor Line service from Immingham to Amsterdam and Gothenburg. She was  built launched and christened by Godother […]

RoRo Vessels – Linea Messina ship JOLLY INDACO

One of the Soviet Union (USSR) built vessels that used to call at Malta was the 1989 built ro/ro vessel JOLLY INDACO owned by Linea Messina, Italy. She was built at Severnaya Verf Shipbuilding Yard at Saint Petersburg as yard number 843 as the Project 16071 ro/ro ship for Baltic Sea Shipping, USSR as S.KIROV […]

Broken Up – Dredger LELYSTAD – 06.10.2023

The Dutch built and owned Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) LELYSTAD finished her last voyage to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey on Tuesday 6th October. She was built at IHC Merwede Scheepswerf at Hardinxveld Giessendam, Netherlands with yard number 618 as LELYSTAD for Ballast Nedam until 2001; sold to Ballast HAM Dredging until 2003 where […]

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 […]

Tugboat News – Ocean Going Tug SA AMANDLA to retire in Q4 of 2023

Having delivered nearly five decades of service to the regional and international maritime industry since she was built in Durban in 1976 the iconic ocean-going Emergency Towing Vessel SA AMANDLA is to be retired for recycling. Almost 48 years old, she was brought into service as the JOHN ROSS built by Elgin Brown & Hamer […]