Naval News – LE EITHNE P 31 last voyage to the breakers – 01.06.2024

Nearly 2 years after she was decommissioned from the Irish Naval Service the 1984 commissioned former Flagship and Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LE EITHNE P 31 left Cork Harbour, Republic of Ireland for the last time on Saturday 1st June, 2024 bound to breakers at Gent, Belgium. She was built by Verolme Cork Dockyard (VCD) […]

Malta Naval Visits – May 2024

Sunday 5th May.  The Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera)  Multipurpose vessel CP 920 BRUNO GREGORETTI called at Grand Harbour, Malta passing breakwaters at 1455 hrs berthing at Boiler Wharf using Mooring Services ONLY. More images can be found here – https://maltashipphotos.com/photo/cp-920-bruno-gregoretti-05-05-2024/ Nearly an hour later at 1540 hrs the Angeli Del Mare Class Patrol Craft […]

Malta Naval Visits – April 2024

Thursday 11th April.  The Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) Thaon Di Revel Class Multipurpose offshore patrol vessel, also known as Pattugliatore Polivalente D’Altura (PPA) – ITS PAOLO THAON DI REVEL P 430 called at Malta , passing breakwaters at 1612 hrs making her both as maiden call and the first PPA to be seen in […]

Cruise Liner News – MSC SINFONIA drydocking at Malta from 19.02 to 21.03.2024

The 2002 French built 275 m cruise liner MSC SINFONIA was seen again calling at Grand Harbour, bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyard, She passed breakwaters on Monday 19th February at 0742 hrs bound to Dock 6 coming from Palermo. Last 6th January she had a mishap when strong whirlwinds broke her mooring lines of which […]

Local Shipping – Tugboat SPINOLA sold – March 2024

The 2009 Spanish built AVT 37/70 Terminal/Escort Tug SPINOLA part of Tug Malta Limited a fully owned company of Rimorchiatori Mediterranei SpA, the latter being a sub-holding company of Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group of Genova,  that commenced towage operations within the Harbours and Territorial Waters of the Maltese Islands in 1980. She was built in Spain […]

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 […]