Broken Up – Greenpeace Ship ESPERANZA – 21.02.2002

After 2 decades the Greenpeace ship ESPERANZA has arrived at the port of Gijon, in Spain on Saturday 12th February, 2002 for recycling procedures by DDR Vessels XXI, one of the 2 companies specialised in ship recycling authorised by the EU. She was built in Poland by Stocznia Polnocna at Gdansk as yard number B98/04 […]

Passenger Ships – PALOMA I

One of the Polish built ships originally bound for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was the 1980 built ferry DMITRIY SHOSTAKOVICH from a Class of 7 as Project B492/B493 by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland. She was the lead of her class which she was named for the Soviet era Russian composer […]

RoRo Vessels – ALEXANDERHAVEN

The first ship from a Class of 22 known as Project Neva 1607 and 16073 ( The project was developed at the Baltsudoproekt Central Design Bureau ) built for USSR owners and 2 for Jadranska Plovidba, Yugoslavia in Leningrad, USSR was the 1979 built roro ship IVAN SKURIDIN. Built as yard 821 at the A. Zhdanov […]

Coastguard – USCG decommissions last Hamilton Class Cutter – 24.04.2021

On Saturday 24th April, 2021 after 49 years of service the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton Class Cutter WHEC 724 USCGC DOUGLAS MUNRO was decommissioned at Kodiak Coast Guard Base, Alaska marking the end of an era. The first ship in the 12 Hamilton Class Cutter was commissioned in March 1967; her keel was […]

Malta Naval Ships – USNS LCPL ROY M WHEAT T-AK 3016

Strategic sealift ships are part of the United States Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) prepositioning program. Currently there are around 50 ships in the program, strategically positioned around the world to support the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency. Most are named after Medal of Honor recipients from the service they support. The Prepositioning Ships (PREPO) in each squadron have sufficient equipment, […]

Demolitioned Naval Vessel – RFS KERCH 753 – April 2020

On 15th February 2020 after 45 years of service the Kara Class missile cruiser RFS KERCH 753 was decommissioned. She was laid down in the Soviet Union on 30th April 1971, launched on 21st July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet on 25th December 1974. The ship was built at the 61 […]

Naval News – RFS KERCH 713 decommissioned – 15.02.2020

After 45 years of service, the Kara Class Cruiser RFS KERCH 713 was decommissioned. She was the last cruiser of her class – Type 1134B Project. RFS KERCH was laid down in the Soviet Union on the 30th April 1971, launched on the 21st July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet […]

Ship of The Week – TAKLIFT 1

One of the few vessels that called at Valletta, Malta was the 800 ton lifting capacity floating sheerleg TAKLIFT 1 owned by Smit Internationale, Netherlands. She was built in the Netherlands by Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij as yard no 328 in Rotterdam in 1969 and was homeported at Rotterdam flying the dutch (NLD) flag. Sheerlegs are […]

SS Talabot Anniversary – 76 Years – 26.03.2019

The SS TALABOT was launched in 1935 by the Swedish shipyard A/B Göta­verken of Gothenburg as Yard no 492. She was capable of carrying 12 passengers, 37 crew members and her maximum speed was 16.25 knots with 2 engines of 9,650 ihp and 7 cylinder. TALABOT sailed under the Norwegian flag and on Tuesday 24th […]