CMA CGM News – PSS – From Indian Subcontinent (except Bangladesh), Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt to US East Coast & US Gulf from 15th June, 2024

In a continued effort to provide reliable and efficient service, CMA CGM informs its customers of the following Peak Season Surcharge: From June 15th, 2024 (loading date) until further notice: – Origin range: From Indian Subcontinent (except Bangladesh), Middle East Gulf, Red Sea & Egypt – Destination range: To US East Coast & US Gulf – Cargo: all […]

Towage News – Rimorchiatori Sardi preparing to be sold to MSC – May 2024

After the transfer of the two ropax SHARDEN and MOBY VINCI to MSC, which both ships had collisions with Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) ropax ships another department of the Moby group is preparing to leave for Geneva, in settlement of the loan of 315 million euros which allowed the Onorato family group to emerge from […]

Barracuda 2024 Exercise – Malta-Italy Bilateral Exercise – May 2024

Malta’s strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, intersecting major shipping lanes linking the east and west, underscores both its strength and vulnerability to maritime incidents. Recognising the imperative to safeguard its vital tourism industry, ports, and desalination plants, Transport Malta (TM) explained that ”Malta has diligently worked over the past decade to […]

Towage – Tug CHRISTOS LV towing Pipe Layer SEMINOLE at Malta – 28/29.03.2024

On Thursday 28th March, 2024 the 2007 built tug CHRISTOS LV towing the 135m long pipe layer SEMINOLE was seen approaching within territorial waters (wtw) bound to Bunkering Area 1 for uplifting bunkers and crew change at 2338 hrs. CHRISTOS LV is not a new face in Malta though she never called under Greek ownership. […]

Towage – MACISTONE towing 2 former GDF Corrubia Class Patrol Craft – 04.03.2021

It is not the first time that former Italian law Enforcement marine units are seen in Maltese Territorial Waters and back to March, 2021, two former Guardia Di Finanza (GDF) Corrubia Class Patrol Craft were towed/brought to Malta by the 1982 built Italian flag and owned tugboat MACISTONE for further service as an Anti Piracy […]

Delivery – 2024 newbuilding tug BB ELECTRA at Malta – 15.03.2024

On Friday 15th March, 2024, the Turkish built ElectRA 2200 SX design 22.2 m tug BB ELECTRA passed breakwaters at Grand Harbour, Malta at 0615 hrs berthing at DWQ 4 Wharf. With a length (loa) of 22.2 m excluding fenders, molded breadth of 10.84 meters and least molded depth of 4.4 meters, BB ELECTRA has […]

Local Shipping – Tugboat SPINOLA sold – March 2024

The 2009 Spanish built AVT 37/70 Terminal/Escort Tug SPINOLA part of Tug Malta Limited a fully owned company of Rimorchiatori Mediterranei SpA, the latter being a sub-holding company of Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group of Genova,  that commenced towage operations within the Harbours and Territorial Waters of the Maltese Islands in 1980. She was built in Spain […]

Gaza-Israel War – Maritime Aid Corridor – OPEN ARMS left Cyprus – 12.03.2024

Most of Gaza’s people are now internally displaced, and there are severe bottlenecks in aid deliveries at land border checkpoints with Gaza has been under an Israeli navy blockade since 2007, when Hamas took control of the enclave. There have been few direct sea arrivals since then. The daily number of aid trucks entering Gaza […]

Tugboats – Anchor Handling Tug NEPTUN 11 at Malta again – January 2024

The 36m anchor handling tug NEPTUN 11 was spotted again at Malta sheltering from weather conditions after an absence of 9 years. She was here during March 2013, where she was towing the 50m flat top barge STEMAT 76 inside Grand Harbour. She was built by Neptune Shipyards BV at Aalst, Netherlands with yard number […]