Towage – Disabled Suezmax tanker GULF SCANDIC towed to Malta – June 2007

On Saturday 9th June, 2007 the 1984 built 274 metres crude oil tanker GULF SCANDIC reported that she had engine failure off Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean Sea. After few hours, Tug Malta 1998 built tugboat SEA SALVOR was dispatched and commenced towing the next day on Sunday 10th June. Towage arrived 3 miles off […]

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 […]

Maiden Call – Tanker ECOMATE at Grand Harbour, Malta – 13.09.2023

On Wednesday 13th September, 2023 the 1993 built Greek owned with MLT flag tanker ECOMATE entered Grand Harbour, Malta during her maiden call. She was built in Japan by Kurinoura Dockyard & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. at  Yawatahama with yard number 310 as the Double Hulled tanker SOHWA MARU No.5 launched on 2nd July 1993 and […]

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 […]

Naval News – Aircraft Carrier ITS CAVOUR C 550 at Catania – May 2018

The Italian Navy 2008 commissioned aircraft carrier (Portaaerei in Italian) ITS CAVOUR C 550 entered Catania Port on Friday 11th May 2018. Upon her arrival 2 tractor tugs BELGIO (95) and FINLANDIA (96) left breakwater to assist her with maneuvering though hardly they push on her. She was laid down by Fincantieri in June 2001, and […]

Malta Shipyards – Drillship GSF EXPLORER Operations – May 2005.

One of the most interesting drillship operations at Grand Harbour, is no doubt the one of the American GSF EXPLORER that happened during June 2005. On Saturday 7th May afternoon the 189 metres long (loa) drillship GSF EXPLORER coming from the Gulf of Mexico and homeported at Houston, Texas (USA Flag) was spotted entering Grand […]

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 […]