Naval Ships – HS HERACLES A 472

One of the Norwegian built ships that was built as a civilian and now in naval use is the Hellenic Navy Atlas Class Logistics Support Ship HS HERACLES A 472.  She was built in Norway by Soviknes Verft AS (now VARD Soviknes) as the offshore supply ship HIGHLAND NAVIGATOR for Gulf Offshore at Aberdeen, Scotland […]

Renaming’s – MAERSK DISPATCHER to AQUAMAN II – August 2023

One of the Chilean built vessels trading around – MAERSK DISPATCHER was sold last year by Maersk Supply Service (MSS) to Star Matrix Ltd based at Hong Kong and renamed as AQUAMAN II. Her last Paris MOU inspection was made at Fredericia, Denmark last 21st January, 2024 with 2 found deficiencies She was built by […]

Law Enforcement – NOAA identifies 7 Nations for Illegal Fishing Activities – September 2023

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified seven nations and entities for their illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in its 2023 report congress. Two of those nations were also cited for issues relating to forced labor, and two were identified for issues related to shark catch. The biennial report, titled 2023 Report to Congress […]

Offshore – Tidewater 2012 built Platform supply vessel HANDIN TIDE

One of the frequently Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) seen around the Maltese Islands working in the Mediterranean Sea is the Tidewater owned HANDIN TIDE that used to work at West Africa and currently involved in survey operations with Fugro. She was built in China by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding at Mawei in 2012. Her calls to […]

Reefer – TUNA PRINCESS

One of the reefers involved in BlueFin Tuna Procedures is the 2005 built Japanese owned refrigerated (reefer) cargo ship TUNA PRINCESS. She was built in Japan by Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation at Shimonoseki in 2005 for Shinko Kaiun (Mitsubishi Reefers) homeported at Port Vila (VUT Flag) and during that year we saw her anchored at the […]

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 […]

Scrap Iron – Vessel RIVER THAMES loading at Malta – 23.01.2020

Metal waste is exported in Malta and from time to time, ships call at Grand Harbour, Malta berthing at Laboratory Wharf South 2 for loading scrap iron bound to Turkey. On Thursday 23rd January, 2020 the 88 metre long coaster RIVER THAMES was spotted loading scrap iron in her holds. She was built in 1986 […]