BFT Season 2024 – 4 Turkish Purse Seiners at Valletta, Malta – 25.05.2024

The eastern bluefin (BFT) migration has supported valuable fisheries in the Mediterranean since antiquity. Initially based on hand lines and beach seines, these fisheries were dominated after the 16th century by tuna cages placed in the path of migrating tuna. After the expansion of purse seines and longlines in the Atlantic (in the 1950s) and […]

Delivery – Service Operation Vessel (SOV) GRAMPIAN TEES at Malta – December, 2023

Last Thursday 21st December, 2023 the North Star Group Hybrid Electric Service Operation Vessel (SOV), GRAMPIAN TEES called at Grand Harbour, Malta  at 1730 hrs (1630 UTC) berthing at Pinto 3 Wharf for crew change, uplifting bunkers and stores/provisions.   She’s the third vessel in a series of four destined for decade-long minimum charters to […]

Cargo News – First Cargo Sail Ship at Malta – Oct/Nov 2023

On Tuesday 15th February, 2022 the French shipping company Grain de Sail ordered a second cargo sailboat for Transatlantic Shipments and on Tuesday 31st October, 2023 the newly built vessel GRAIN DE SAIL II passed Grand Harbour, Malta breakwaters at 0927 hrs coming from Piriou’s shipyard at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam via Suez Canal […]

Maiden Call – Yuan Yu 711; Yuan Yu 712 and Yuan Yu 716 – 06.11.2023

The second batch from the 10 Chinese Bottom Trawlers calling at Malta entered on Monday 6th November, 2023. First to pass breakwater (0741 hrs)was the 2021 built 28.61 metres Bottom Trawler YUAN YU 712 built at Huanghai Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Weihai, China completed on 11th August,2021. With Radio Callsign as BZV5D and homeported at Qin […]

Maiden Call – Yuan Yu 709, Yuan Yu 710 and Yuan Yu 717 – 05.11.2023

An interesting flotilla made up of 10 Chinese Bottom Trawlers  made history in the Maltese Islands as being the first ever Chinese Fishing Vessels especially Bottom Trawlers to enter Grand Harbour, Malta. First one to pass breakwater (0741 hrs)was the 2021 built 28.61 metres Bottom Trawler YUAN YU 709 built at Huanghai Shipbuilding Co Ltd […]

Maiden Call – Damen built multicat BELLA – 30.06.2023

Damen’s built Multicat (MuC ) 3313 SD design BELLA entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 1101 hrs on Friday 30 th June, 2023 coming from Vlissingen, Netherlands during her maiden call. She’s the second vessel built to MuC 3313 SD design after the Damen Marine Services – DMS SNIPE. She is a versatile 32.80 metres workboat […]

Bunkering – DONGBANG GIANT No 1

The South Korean flag and owned deck cargo ship DONGBANG GIANT No 1 called offshore Malta for uplifting bunkers on Sunday 7th May, 2023. She arrived at Bunkering Area 3 around 1240 hrs for bunkering operation by Zeta Energy tanker LEYONA of which she received fresh water, stores and provision. She was built in South […]

Delivery – High Speed Craft EXPRESS 5 – 08.04.2023

On Saturday 8th April, 2023 the 115 metre newbuilt high speed craft EXPRESS 5 entered Grand Harbour, Malta during her delivery voyage at 1825 hrs coming from her builders in Philippines via Suez Canal. She was built by Austal Philippines as yard number 423 with Austal Australia as designer. She’s a follow-up order to the […]