Casualties – Collision between 2 ferries at Palermo Port – 03.10.2021

On Sunday 3rd October, 2021 morning the Tirrenia ropax RAFFAELE RUBATTINO coming from Naples, Italy collided with the berthed Siremar ferry ANTONELLO DA MESSINA at Palermo Port, Sicily. It seems there was a stern thruster failure with both ships sustained damages with ANTONELLO DA MESSINA nose damaged while RAFFALE RUBATTINO had stern ramp and starboard […]

Ferry News – Grandi Navi Veloci linking Malta with Palermo – January 2021.

The Italian Shipping Company established in 1992 Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) started a connection of ferry service linking Malta with Palermo. On Saturday 16th January, 2021 at 1515 hrs the 1994 built ropax AF MARINA entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time coming from Palermo via Messina Straits. She was built by Cantieri Navali […]

Casualties – Monohull ISOLA DI CAPRAIA aground – 24.05.2020

On Sunday 24th May 2020, the 1999 built monohull high speed craft ISOLA DI CAPRAIA ran aground in the Adriatic Sea at San Nicola Port, the Isole Tremiti archipelago near eastern Italy’s Apulia region.  As soon as she was entering, technical failure happened with the result that vessel lost control.  Both anchors were used, but the HSC […]

Ferry Service – Ropax ALF POLLAK at Malta – End of 2019

The 2018 built ropax ALF POLLAK entered Grand Harbour, Valletta during her maiden call in December 2019. Following the termination of her charter to DFDS, Onorato Armatori has introduced the ropax on the Genoa-Livorno-Catania-Malta, with occasional calls in Naples. Built in the German Flensburg Shipyards, she was launched on the 3rd May 2018. The ship will […]

Ferry News – BARBARA KRAHULIK and BENIAMINO CARNEVALE future ? – 29.10.2019

Last July 2019 there were rumours that Moby group have sold the ropax vessel BARBARA KRAHULIK to the German ferry operator TT Line. In fact she was for sale together with her sister BENIAMINO CARNEVALE – Today Tuesday 29th October, 2019 she was seen heading to Gdansk, Poland – As of today she’s still […]

Ferry Service – Ropax MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO at Malta – 2019

The 2019 built ropax MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO entered Grand Harbour, Valletta during her maiden call in May 2019. MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO which is the flagship of the Onorato Group, comprising the Tirrenia and Moby fleets is the largest operating ropax being the greenest within its category equipped with latest generation scrubbers. In fact she combines […]

MBL News – Tirrenia MALTA EXPRESS (1976-1988)

The 1968 built ferry MALTA EXPRESS used to call to Malta via Syracuse and Vice Versa, normally entering in early mornings and leaving afternoon berthing at Garden Reach, Vittoriosa, Malta. Below an extract from the records of 24th July 1976 Arrivals and Departure with 0645 hrs and leaving at 1220 hrs – She was built […]