Casualties – CHEM P salvage update – 26.03.2022

A week after the saga of the tanker CHEM P that happened last Saturday 19th March (Public Holiday in Malta) on Saturday 26th March, 2022 (Election Day at Malta) it was the turn that the 59.25 metre offshore tug/supply ship OPAL take over. She arrived at OPL Malta on Wednesday 23rd March around 0647 hrs. […]

Casualties – 1968 built steamship CHEM P salvage operation – 19.03.2022

In the early hours of Saturday 19th March, 2022 (Public Holiday in Malta) the 1968 built 209.86 metres tanker CHEM P reported to Valletta VTS that she’s not under command while she was underway from OPL Malta to Bunkering Area 6 for sheltering due to the strong Wind. 0631 hrs – Tugboat SPINOLA left Marsaxlokk […]


The only tug owned by Smit Tak (Valletta) Ltd which was set up on Tuesday 3rd March, 1987 was the 1976 built tug SMIT FLORIANA. She was launched in February 1976 and delivered July 1976 by Mitsui Ocean Development & Eng. Co., Ltd. at Tokushima, Japan as yard number S-071 and named F 32 for Compania […]

Former Military – Tugboat SIME

One of the former Yugoslavian Navy Tugs was seen in Valletta back on Wednesday 13th June 2007 as the civilian tug SIME involved in Blue Fin Tuna Season berthed at Timber Wharf. SIME was built 1955 at Split Shipyard as PR (Pomorski Remorker) 36 DUPIN with 221 GRT and renamed in 1991 as a civilian […]

Casualties – MARAYA disabled – 09.12.2019

On Monday 9th December 2019 at 2016 hrs the palletised cargo ship MARAYA entered Valletta towed by 2 tugs LIENI and VITTORIOSA after she developed engine failure when she was only 3-4 miles off Valletta. At 1902 hrs the local tug VITTORIOSA left Valletta bound to the vessel of which at 1919 hrs she was […]