Drug Bust – US Forces caught Cocaine filled Submarine in Atlantic Ocean – 22.03.2024

Last Friday 22nd March, a specialized U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) law enforcement unit embarked the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF CG 55, successfully intercepted and seized a semi-submersible vessel carrying thousands of pounds of cocaine in the U.S. Southern Command’s operational area. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) […]

Drug Bust – Irish Defence Forces storm the bulker MATTHEW – September 2023

Irish military forces raided the Panamanian flag (PAN) bulk carrier MATTHEW  on the morning of Tuesday 26th September and discovered a “significant quantity” of illegal narcotics, believed to be cocaine off the coast of Cork. The Irish Defence Forces said that the ship had been tracked for several days after traveling from South America. The Irish […]

Law Enforcement – Guardia di Finanza Corrubia III Class G 114 PULEO

The GUARDIA di FINANZA is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is a militarized police force, forming a part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, not the Ministry of Defence. Guardia di Finanza is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy’s […]

Fishing Vessels – TOK TOK

A British built fishing vessel which ended her years in black events was the 1975 built TOK TOK. She was originally the Petershead Tynedraft 86 Class Fishing Vessel GOLDEN DAWN bearing fishing matricola PD 211 and later while she was delivered to Maltese owners she was flying Irish (IRL) Flag and with matricola as BS […]

Maltese Fishing Vessels – 1975 built GOLDEN DAWN

One of the United Kingdom (UK) based fishing vessels bought locally was the 1975 built GOLDEN DAWN. She was built at Cubow Ltd, Woolwich, London as yard no 704 for Skipper A. Cowe (later to become assistant harbour master at Peterhead) as GOLDEN DAWN with fishing matricola as PD 211. She was a Tynedraft 86 […]

Valletta Cruise Port – MSC SEASIDE maiden call – 03.05.2021

On Monday 3rd May, 2021 the 2017 built Seaside Class cruise liner MSC SEASIDE entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0810 hrs coming from Genoa, Italy with 853 passengers. She joined MSC GRANDIOSA last Saturday 1st May welcoming guests back on board for weekly 7 night cruises in the Western Mediterranean, featuring new destinations in Siracusa […]

Coastguard – USCG decommissions last Hamilton Class Cutter – 24.04.2021

On Saturday 24th April, 2021 after 49 years of service the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton Class Cutter WHEC 724 USCGC DOUGLAS MUNRO was decommissioned at Kodiak Coast Guard Base, Alaska marking the end of an era. The first ship in the 12 Hamilton Class Cutter was commissioned in March 1967; her keel was […]