Local Shipping – Sea Malta’s – BORMLA

Sea Malta Company Limited was the Maltese National Shipping Line. Established on 10th November 1973 during the tenure of the Labour Government led by Dominic Mintoff, which had the majority of the shares in the new company. The quest of this company was to provide maritime services company as well as to the need of the nation in general, and to […]

Broken Up – Ferry TOR HOLLANDIA (1966-2010) – 11.09.2010

One of the West German built ships that was built for the Scandinavian Area was the 1966 built ferry TOR HOLLANDIA. She was  built as yard number 559 by Lübecker Flender Werke at Lubeck in West Germany. for Tor Line service from Immingham to Amsterdam and Gothenburg. She was  built launched and christened by Godother […]

Casualties – Ferry COSSYRA on fire after leaving Lampedusa – 29.09.2023

On Friday 29th September, 2023 around 2340 hrs a fire broke out in the engine room on the 1980 built ITA flag and owned ferry COSSYRA, off Linosa Island whilst sailing from Lampedusa to Porto Empedocle, with 177 souls on board, including 150 passengers (83 of them were migrants) and 27 crew members. After the […]

Tugboat – 1957 built HELP at Malta – March 2002

One of the Emden, Germany built tugs that called at Malta was the single screw tugboat HELP, homeported at Nuku Alofa, Tonga flag (TON). She was built by Werft Schulte & Bruns, at Emden, Germany as VOURI with yard number 193 and launched on 15th November 1956  for Union des Remorqueurs de Douala, Cameroon, homeported at […]

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 & […]

Tugboat News – POINT SPENCER at Malta – 1983

One of the tugs that was involved in the salvage of the car carrier fire FREMANTLE HIGHWAY that started on 26th July, 2023 , the 1972 built HUNTER traded for sometime at Malta as the POINT SPENCER. On 8th October 1972 she was launched by Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd with yard number S888 and in […]

Casualties – Disabled YANNIS P towed to Kaliningrad – August 2023

The 2010 built crude oil tanker YANNIS P which was loaded with crude oil from India to Russia was towed to Kaliningrad after she had engine problems and had to anchor 12 miles off Rugen, Germany for more than 2 weeks. The captain of the tanker confirmed that the towing should commence on Monday 14th […]

Local Shipping – Jack Up Barge ALASTAIR IV

One of the few local owned jack up barge around was the 48 m ALASTAIR IV owned by Alastair Offshore Services Ltd part of Zammit Group of Companies. She was built in Malta by Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MSCL), delivered during early September, 2001 as a drilling barge prototype. She was built in record time […]

Casualties – FRAU NANCY Disabled – 24.04.2007

On Tuesday 24th April 2007 the local tug LIENI was seen towing the disabled 1972 built ship FRAU NANCY towards Grand Harbour, Malta. FRAU NANCY was bound to Algeria when engine problems occurred and she was disabled. Local tugboat LIENI was dispatched from Grand Harbour around 2200 hrs towards her position – 20 miles north […]