Casualties – Tanker SANTA LUCIA disabled – March 2023

On Saturday 11th March the 2003 built local owned tanker SANTA LUCIA which had a machine failure off the coast of Çanakkale Kepez whilst she was underway from Malta to Tuzla, was safely anchored in the Dark Harbor by the crews of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety. After the captain of SANTA LUCIA reported […]

Broken Up – Tug CHRISTOS XXII – 2021

The 1972 built single hull oceangoing salvage tug CHRISTOS XXII was broken up at Aliaga, Turkey during December 2021. She was built at H.H. Bodewes at Millingen in the Netherlands as yard number 702 named as SMIT ENTERPRISE for Smit International (Antilles) BV with 43.53 metres length overall (loa) and a beam of 10.62 metres […]

Towage News – Polish tug STRAZAK-28 delivered – 18.11.2022

On Friday 18th November,2022 the Polish built and owned tug STRAZAK-28 was commissioned for the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority SA. She was built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding SA shipyard in Gdańsk with 29.2m as length overall (loa); beam of 10.47m and draught of 3.45 m. Her maximum speed is 12 knots. The purchase of […]

Naval News – Russian Navy warships denied entry into the Black Sea – November 2022

Russian Pacific Fleet’s warships had been waiting for Turkey’s permission to cross the Bosporus into the Black Sea since early February, but Ankara never allowed them to enter. According to Andriy Klymenko, head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Black Sea and editor-in-chief of the BlackSeaNews portal, the warships have been […]

Yachting – GENE MACHINE and GENE CHASER at Malta – July 2022

On Tuesday 5th July the 55 metre superyacht GENE MACHINE and her 55 metre support yacht GENE CHASER entered within territorial waters coming from Ibiza, Spain bound to Grand Harbour Marina mooring stern to St. Angelo Wharf. First one to enter was GENE CHASER at 1107 hrs. Originally built as BLUE OCEAN in 2020 by […]

Pipe Laying – CASTORONE at Sakarya Gas Field – July 2022

Sakarya gas field, which is operated by Turkish Petroleum, is claimed to be the largest discovery in the Black Sea. It is located within the 7,000km² block AR/TPO/KD/C26-C27-D26-D27 in the ultra-deep waters in the western Black Sea, approximately 175km offshore Eregli, Turkey. In November 2021 it was announced that the Italian oilfield services company Saipem […]

Maiden Call – Cargo Ship NS OLZA – 07.05.2022

One of the latest ships of the Albanian Shipping Company – New Shipping , the 1990 built SLE flag NS OLZA entered Grand Harbour, Malta on her maiden call on Saturday 7th May 2022 at 0753 hrs berthing at Laboratory Wharf South 2. She was built in Germany by Hegemann Rolandwerft at Bremen as CHRISTOPHER with blue […]

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 […]