Broken Up – Offshore Tug/Supply Vessel MASTER – November 2022

An iconic designed supplier built in the Netherlands, MASTER was spotted at the Aliaga breakers, Turkey during November 2022 after she was towed by the 53 t bollard pull aht ADMIRAL from Mexico to Turkey earlier this month. She was built at Arnhem by Arhemsche Scheepsbouw as the WIMPEY SEAFOX trading for Wimpey Marine Ltd, […]

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Libyan Coast Guard threatens NGO Seawatch aircraft – 26.10.2022

On Wednesday 26th October, 2022 the Libyan coastguard vessel 658 FEZZAN threatened to shoot down an aircraft belonging to an NGO in international waters and Malta has no jurisdiction on the area where the incident happened. On Thursday, Sea-Watch shared footage showing the Libyan Coast Guard radio officer saying “get away from Libyan territory otherwise […]

Towage News – MSC acquires Rimorchiatori Mediterranei – 22.10.2022

MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) acquired the subholding of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti group active in the port towing business Rimorchiatori Mediterranei (65% owned by Rimorchiatori Riuniti which is owned by the Genoese families Gavarone and Delle Piane and 35% Deutsche Asset Management, of the Deutsche group Bank). The Genoese company Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, with a turnover of around […]

Haifa Port – April 2022 Movements

The Port of Haifa  is the largest of Israel’s three major international seaports, the others being the Port of Ashdod, and the Port of Eilat. It has a natural deep water harbor, which operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume and […]

Casualties – CHEM P salvage update – 13.04.2022

While the tanker CHEM P is anchored Within Territorial Waters of Malta awaiting various permissions to complete her voyage here are the latest movements – Monday 28th March, 2022 1630 hrs – CHEM P received a court warrant – 425/2022 from Enemalta plc with the claimed amount of € 30,000,000. Friday 1st April, 2022 1226 […]

Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy building up around Ukraine – 21.02.2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow does not want a war in Europe amid rising tensions over Ukraine but demanded that the issue of Kyiv’s relationship with NATO be resolved in its entirety immediately. Speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday 15th February, 2022 after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia had […]

Naval Visits – FS SEINE A 604 – 12-15.02.2022

The Marine Nationale (French Navy) 3rd Loire Class BSAM Support & Assistance Vessel FS SEINE A 604 entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 12th February for the first time (Maiden Call) at 0912 hrs berthing at Pinto 3 Wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port. She was commissioned on 24th July, 2019 and she’s the third […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – MSC LORENA 29.07.2021 to 07.09.2021

The second MSC container ship to enter Palumbo Malta Shipyards was the 2006 built 275 metre container ship MSC LORENA. She entered Grand Harbour on Thursday 29th July, 2021 at 1036 hrs and berthed at Parlatorio Wharf assisted by tugs. On Monday 9th August at 1600 hrs she ordered 2 pilots and 3 tugs to […]

Tankers – Chemical/Oil Product Tanker BAUCI

One of the frequent tankers around the world in Maltese waters is the 2002 built chemical/oil products tanker BAUCI. She was built in South Korea by STX Shipbuilding Co Ltd at Seoul and when tankers used to transfer fuel oil for Enemalta from Grand Harbour, Malta towards Marsaxlokk Harbour or vice versa, she used to […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – Ropax FESTOS PALACE – 15.01.2021 – 19.02.2021

On Friday 15th January, 2021 the 2002 built 220 metres long ropax FESTOS PALACE entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0927 hrs coming from Piraeus, Greece bound to Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd Dock 4. She was last here back to January 2019 as MYKONOS PALACE where scrubbers were installed while drydocked at Dock 6. In fact […]