Icebreaker – German Research Icebreaker POLARSTERN

One of the German Government Ships is the 1982 built German research icebreaker POLARSTERN (meaning Pole Star) of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany. She was built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel and Nobiskrug in Rendsburg as yard 707 with keel laid down on 22nd September 1981, launched on 6th January, […]

Aerial Photography – Heavy Load Carrier DONGBANG GIANT No 3

One of the ships that was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS (MSPAP) in 2019 was the South Korean built and owned Heavy Load Carrier DONGBANG GIANT No 3. She was built in South Korea by Oriental Heavy Industries at Gwangyang with dimensions as 155 metres length overall (loa) and 38 metres beam. […]

Bunkering – Tugboat MUSTANG at Malta – 26.12.2023

One of the Dutch built tugs trading around – MUSTANG called again at Grand Harbour, Malta while on transit from Greece to Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She passed breakwaters at 0734 hrs berthing at Deep Water Quay (DWQ) 4 Wharf. Few minutes later road tankers from MZ Fuels starting bunkering operations. MUSTANG was built in […]

Delivery – Service Operation Vessel (SOV) GRAMPIAN TEES at Malta – December, 2023

Last Thursday 21st December, 2023 the North Star Group Hybrid Electric Service Operation Vessel (SOV), GRAMPIAN TEES called at Grand Harbour, Malta  at 1730 hrs (1630 UTC) berthing at Pinto 3 Wharf for crew change, uplifting bunkers and stores/provisions.   She’s the third vessel in a series of four destined for decade-long minimum charters to […]

Dredging – Cutter Suction Dredger D’ARTAGNAN

One of the dredgers operated by the Belgian company Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) that was founded in 1991 with the merger of 3 Belgian companies – Baggerwerken Decloedt & Zoon, Ackermans & van Haaren and Société Générale de Dragage is the 2005 built Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) D’ARTAGNAN. She was built in the […]

Cargo News – First Cargo Sail Ship at Malta – Oct/Nov 2023

On Tuesday 15th February, 2022 the French shipping company Grain de Sail ordered a second cargo sailboat for Transatlantic Shipments and on Tuesday 31st October, 2023 the newly built vessel GRAIN DE SAIL II passed Grand Harbour, Malta breakwaters at 0927 hrs coming from Piriou’s shipyard at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam via Suez Canal […]

Maiden Call – Yuan Yu 718, Yuan Yu 719, Yuan Yu 720 and Yuan Yu 721.

The third and last batch from the 10 Chinese Bottom Trawlers calling at Malta entered on Monday 6th November, 2023, making them the first ever Bottom Trawlers to call at Malta, First Chinese fishing vessels to call inside Grand Harbour since we had within territorial waters (wtw) and 6 sisterships on their maiden call in […]