Port State Control – Australia Bans Dutch Ship

Australia is continuing to move forward with a “crackdown on poor performers in the maritime industry,” announced the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issuing a ban to a Dutch flagged (NLD) general cargo ship, the second such action of 2023. This is part of an effort in which the safety authority has taken action against […]

Naval News – Egypt receives former US Navy Patrol Craft

During a formal ceremony at Alexandria, Egypt on Monday 21st March the former Cyclone Class Patrol Ships USS HURRICANE (PC 3), USS SIROCCO (PC 6), and USS THUNDERBOLT  (PC 12) were handed over to the Egyptian Navy , after several weeks of preparation, training, and professional exchanges between US Navy sailors and their Egyptian counterparts. […]

Accidents – Research Vessel PETREL – 22.03.2023

On Wednesday 22nd March, 2023 thirty-three people have been injured after the research vessel PETREL , that was previously owned by the co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen (who died in 2018), dislodged from her dock blocks inside a dry dock, with the 3,000-ton ship leaning at a 45-degree angle toppled over in a dry dock […]

Offshore – Drill Ship PACNORSE I

One of the drilling ships that was seen in Malta during the early 80’s, even drydocked at Malta Drydocks was the PACNORSE I. She was built in 1979 by Scotts Shipbuilding Company Ltd, Greenock,  United Kingdom as yard number 746 and named as PACNORSE I for Pacnorse Drilling Corporation 1 Ltd (Kristian Jebsens Rederi A/S […]

Tankers – MARIANGELA MONTANARI

The 1906 established Italian Shipping Company – Navigazione Montanari SpA  operating in the maritime transport sector, in particular of liquid and gaseous materials has been always a regular caller to Malta. Today we are featuring the 1963 built tanker MARIANGELA MONTANARI built by Cantiere Navale Felszegi, Muggia in Italy with yard number 72 following the […]

Broken Up – Salvage Tug SALVAGE TITAN – December 2022

One of the famous Dutch built ocean going salvage tug SALVAGE TITAN was broken up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan last December 2022. She was built by Verolme Shipyard – Heusen; Netherlands with yard number 934 for Smit International Rotterdam as SMIT NEW YORK. Below image is while she was berthed at the old Medserv Base at […]

Seismic – PGS awarded work in the Mediterranean – Jan 2023

Norwegian offshore seismic acquisition specialist PGS has won a new 3D survey contract in the Mediterranean region. The 2017 built Titan Class vessel RAMFORM HYPERION will be used. Infact we saw her in Malta twice within few months, first in October 2022 berthed port side alongside at Pinto 3 Wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port […]

Maiden Call – PCTC RCC COMPASS at Malta – 11.01.2023

The 2013 built vehicles carrier RCC COMPASS entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 11th January, 2023 marking her maiden call to Valletta Port. She was due to enter on Monday 9th evening and leave on Tuesday 10th in the morning but due to Gale Force Winds on the 10th January it was much clever to […]

Naval News – US Navy Seize 2,116 AK-47’s in the Gulf of Oman – 06.01.2023

On Tuesday 10 th January, 2023 the US Department of Defense confirmed that Vessels of the US Navy 5th Fleet operating in the Middle East have intercepted and seized a fishing vessel carrying over 2,000 AK-47 assault rifles destined for Houthi rebels in Yemen. The interception occurred in international waters in the Middle East on […]