Malta Naval Visits – BNS LEOPOLD I – 06.05.2021

The second naval unit to visit the Maltese Islands during 2021 was the Karel Doorman Class Frigate F 930 LEOPOLD I  of the Marine Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. She was here on Thursday 6th May coming from Abu Dhabi passing breakwaters at 1014 hrs. Prior to 29th March 2007, the ship was known as HNLMS KAREL DOORMAN F […]

Offshore – Jack Up Oil Rig KEY SINGAPORE laid up as from January 2021

The 1982 built jack up oil rig KEY SINGAPORE arrived from Hamriyah, Sharjah at the United Arab Emirates towed by the anchor handling tug/ supply ship A.H.LIGURIA arriving on Sunday 3rd January, 2021 around 1947 hrs anchoring offshore Malta. She was built in Singapore by Marathon Letourneau Offshore as KEY SINGAPORE and designed as a […]

Delivery – Sisters dredgers MAKRAN 1 + MAKRAN 2 – April 2021.

On Tuesday 16th March, 2021 the 2021 newbuilt sisters trailing suction hopper dredgers (TSHD) MAKRAN 1 and MAKRAN 2 started their delivery voyage from Schiedam, Netherlands towards Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Both were built by ADA Shipyard at Tuzla, Turkey for IHC Shipyard and then towed to the Netherlands for completion and refitting based on […]

Passer By – HAMAL towing GSP ALFA – 03.02.2021

On Wednesday 3rd February, 2021 at 2110 hrs the Italian offshore tug/supply ship HAMAL towing the 99 metre offshore workshop pontoon GSP ALFA passed by 43.7 nautical miles offshore Malta underway to Constanta, Romania from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. GSP ALFA is the former BAASDRILL ALFA built in 2009 by Lamprell Energy at Dubai, United […]

Towage – GONDWANA towing tanker ALDERA – September 2001

One of the former environmental organisation, Greenpeace vessel was seen in Malta back in 2001 as GONDWANA. She was built in 1975 by Kremer Werft at Elmshorn in Germany as GORM VIKING with 1,137 GRT as an offshore Supply Ship trading until 1987 when renamed VIKING for only a year when acquired by Greenpeace renaming […]

Libya Tensions – Mi-35 Helicopter shot down – 12.04.2020

On Sunday 12th April, 2020 the Pantsir S1 Turkish Air Defense System shot down a Russian made Mil Mi-35 Helicopter in the northern region of Libya, the Libyan National Army (LNA) confirmed. According to LNA the helicopter was flying over the Misurata area, when the helo was hit by air defense missiles belonging to the […]

Offshore – Accomodation Platform TEMIS in the Mediterranean Sea – 26.12.2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) owned DP 3 accomodation vessel TEMIS was spotted opposite Zichron_Yaakov (the Israel/Lebanon border) on her spot without anchoring using her Dynamic Position system. The 84 x 32 metre TEMIS was last reported as transported from Singapore to Gabon during August 2018 by Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) semi-submersible heavy load vessel […]

Offshore News – MAKANA – November 2019

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 1948 hrs the crewboat MAKANA entered Valletta, coming from Port Rashid, Dubai of which she left on Thursday 24th October. She was built in India by Bharati Ratnagiri Yard at Ratnagiri in 2003 as the ATCO ALIA. She’s 34 meter crew/utility vessel with 50 pax capacity with a shallow […]

Local Shipping – MUMTAZ

During 2016 the 45m oil products tanker MUMTAZ formerly GAC MUMTAZ was seen operating inside Maltese Territorial Waters and OPL for the Maltese company – Mumtaz Maritime Co. Ltd. She was built at Dubai Drydock at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2002, bearing IMO 9268514; 499 GRT and homeported at Valletta, Malta. She […]