Passer By – AHT Centaurus towing Oil Rig – 23.08.2023

The 2009 built anchor handling tug CENTAURUS towing a semi submersible drilling rig (ssdr) from the Atlantic Ocean towards Aliaga, Turkey passed by Malta on her way to the breakers. She was built in Germany under the same name by Mutzelfeldtwerft Nord at Cuxhaven for the German owners Harms Salvage, Transport and Heavylift GmbH & […]

Offshore – DP3 oil rig TRANSOCEAN BARENTS at Malta – August 2023

On Saturday 5th August, 2023 the 2009 built 6th generation, semi submersible drilling oil rig (ssdr) TRANSOCEAN BARENTS was spotted approaching Bunkering Area 4, Malta as scheduled. Upon completion of her position at Bunkering Area 4 the only self propelled sheerlegs in the Maltese Islands – SEAWOLF II, towing a barge that left Medserv Base […]

Local Shipping – 29 towing Bezz IV – 02.05.2015

One of the 6 former US Army tugs that was donated by the US Government to Malta and currently owned by Bezzina Maritime Services is no doubt the famous workhorse tug 29. She was built by American Electric Welding Co, Savannah, Georgia, USA as ST 2029 for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. […]

Offshore News – Swire Pacific Offshore Fleet sold to Tidewater – 22.04.2022

On Friday 22nd April Tidewater Inc. announced the completion of its purchase of Swire Pacific Offshore Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Swire Pacific Ltd., for approximately $190 million after the sale was announced last 9th March. The deal will allow Tidewater to add SPO’s fleet of 50 OSVs to its own, creating one of the world’s largest OSV fleets. Part of […]

Local Shipping – Tugboat LIENI leaving Malta after 30 years – 30.05.2021.

On Sunday 30th May, 2021 the 28 metre Twin Screw Azimuthing Ulstein Z-Peller Stern Drive Tugboat LIENI left Grand Harbour breakwaters for the last time at 0616 hrs bound to Augusta, Sicily. Images by Capt. Alexei Borg She was built in 1991 as GOLDEN PHOENIX TUG by Tai Kong Trading Company, Singapore as yard number TK-178 […]

Passers By – ALP DEFENDER towing ssdr LEIV EIRIKSSON – 09.04.2021

On Friday 9th April, 2021 the 2017 built anchor handling tug (AHT) ALP DEFENDER towing the 2001 built semi-submersible drilling rig (ssdr) LEIV EIRIKSSON from Agotnes, Norway bound to Aliaga, Turkey for breakers. LEIV EIRIKSSON was a Trosvik Bingo 9000 ultra-deepwater semi-submersible oil rig (ssdr) built at Dalian No 1 Production Yard (DSIC) , China. […]

Offshore – Vantage Drilling to manage Oil Exploration Units for Seadrill Partners – 22.03.2021

Vantage Drilling International has entered into an agreement with Seadrill Partners which will see Vantage will provide management , operating and marketing services to Seadrill Partners. The agreement relates to drill ships WEST CAPELLA and WEST POLARIS and the semi-submersible drilling rigs (ssdr) WEST LEO and WEST SIRIUS. Seadrill Partners is currently being reorganised after filing […]

Sale – BULLET 1 and SEA PATRON on sale by Transport Malta – March 2021

Transport Malta is selling the Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON and the self propelled barge BULLET 1 tale quale currently berthed at Bridge Wharf, Grand Harbour. The Offshore Tug/Supply Ship SEA PATRON was built in Singapore in 1983 as the SMIT SUMATERA trading until April 2010. She was bought by E Marine Ltd (Part of […]

Malta Shipyards – Oil Rig ATWOOD HUNTER – 04.01 – 22.01.2008

On Friday 4th January, 2008 at 1022 hrs the semi-submersible drilling rig (ssdr) ATWOOD HUNTER towed by the Chinese built offshore supply vessel ALDEN J LABORDE and assisted by 4 Tug Malta tugs entered Grand Harbour. The Deepwater Floater drilling rig was built in USA by Alabama Shipyard in 1981 as DIAMOND M HUNTER for […]

Offshore – ASSO VENTIQUATTRO leaving Malta – 03.11.2020

One of the frequent offshore supply vessels around is the 2001 built ASSO VENTIQUATTRO. She was built in Danmark by Orskov Yard at Fredrikshavn and been in active these golden years, She was seen in Malta back in 2004 when during May she was spotted with the semi-submersible drilling rig (ssdr) BREDFORD DOLPHIN at the […]