Delivery – Tug MAHE DE LABOURDONNAIS – July 2001

A rare East African marine asset was seen in Malta on Monday 7th July 2001 fresh from the building yard, the tugboat MAHE DE LABOURDONNAIS entered Grand Harbour, Malta for fuel stop on her maiden call during her delivery voyage. She was built in Spain at the Astilleros Zamakona shipyard for the Mauritius Government Port […]

Towage News – MSC acquires Rimorchiatori Mediterranei – 22.10.2022

MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) acquired the subholding of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group active in the port towing business Rimorchiatori Mediterranei (65% owned by Rimorchiatori Riuniti which is owned by the Genoese families Gavarone and Delle Piane and 35% Deutsche Asset Management, of the Deutsche group Bank). The Genoese company Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, with a turnover of around […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Barge BENEDETTA from 15.07 to 11.08.2022

On Friday 15th July the 1974 built ITA flag and owned 40.70 m barge BENEDETTA towed by the 1992 built ITA flag and owned tug PAUL which is a familiar tug in our territorial waters arrived off Grand Harbour (OGH) to be handed over to local tugs for drydocking at Dock 4. BENEDETTA was built […]

Casualties – Yacht MY SAGA sinks offshore Catanzaro, Italy – 20.08.2022

On Saturday 20th August the Port Authority of Crotone VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) received a distress call from the 39.4 metre motor yacht MY SAGA that she was taking water ingress at her stern while on passage from Gallipoli to Milazzo. Immediately VTS advised Guardia Costiera (Italian Coast Guard) who dispatched CP 321 and a Romanian […]

BFT Season 2022 – Movements – 21 to 26.05.2022

May is here and Blue Fin Tuna (BFT) Season is here with interesting Turkish fishing vessels coming to tow tuna cages from various spots that belong to Licensed Tuna Farms – Saturday 21st May, 2022. 1453 hrs – 1993 built TUR flag purse seiner SUAYIP KETENCI with fishing matricola 34A 4901 entered Grand Harbour coming from […]

Passer By – ROTA ENDURANCE towing TORO – 19.05.2022

On Thursday 19th May, 2022 the 2003 built MHL flag offshore tug/supply ship ROTA ENDURANCE towing the 152 metre pipe layer platform TORO was seen in the Maltese Territorial Waters around 1120 hrs. When asked by Valletta VTS what were the intentions, radio officer replied (Dutch accent) that she was intended to uplift bunkers but […]