BFT Season 2024 – 4 Turkish Purse Seiners at Valletta, Malta – 25.05.2024

The eastern bluefin (BFT) migration has supported valuable fisheries in the Mediterranean since antiquity. Initially based on hand lines and beach seines, these fisheries were dominated after the 16th century by tuna cages placed in the path of migrating tuna. After the expansion of purse seines and longlines in the Atlantic (in the 1950s) and […]

Scrap Iron – Vessel C.CAPELLA loading at Malta – November 2023

Metal waste is exported in Malta and from time to time, ships call at Grand Harbour, Malta berthing at Laboratory Wharf South 2 for loading scrap iron bound to Turkey. On Wednesday 1st November, 2023 the 87.75  metre long (loa) coaster C.CAPELLA entered Valletta around 0700 hrs to berth at Laboratory Wharf South 2 to […]

High Speed Craft – World’s Largest Catamaran involved in Humanitarian Aid – 2023

The largest catamaran in the world, the TUR flag and owned KARADENIZ LIFESHIP RAUF BEY owned since October 2015 by Karadeniz Holding, has been converted into an accommodation center with capacity for a minimum of 1,500 people and since April of this year, she has been docked in Iskenderun,Turkey temporarily housing some two thousand victims […]

Maiden Call – Turkish Offshore Support Vessel OPTIMUS PRIDE – 06.09.2023

Last Wednesday 6th September, 2023 the 37 year old lady OPTIMUS PRIDE entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time coming from her homeport – Istanbul at Turkey and berthed at MMH Quay 1 East at the mouth of Dock 7. She passed breakwaters at 1723 hrs. She was built in Norway by Ulstein Hatloe […]

Maiden Call – Turkish owned ship MY ARMONY – 24.10.2022

One of the Damen built cargo ships trading around, MY ARMONY entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time on Monday 24th October, 2022 since she was acquired (2019). She was built by Damen Shipyard at Hoogezand, Netherlands in 1999 as the ALESSIA C trading until June 2008 where she was sold and renamed ALESSIA […]

330 metre VLCC HELLAS FOS at Malta – Aerial Photography – October 2022

The 2022 built GRC flag and owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) HELLAS FOS that was built in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as hull no 3270 was photographed from on the air on 2 occasions by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS in Central Mediterranean. Interesting to see the name as HELLAS FOS again on […]

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 […]