Russia-Ukraine War – Ukraine hit 2 Russian navy Landing Ships – 24.03.2024

On Sunday 24th March, 2024 Ukraine stated that it hit 2 two Russian Navy Ropucha Class/Project 775 III landing ships RFS AZOV and RFS YAMAL  along with a communications center and several other facilities belonging to the Black Sea Fleet, in a huge overnight attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol. There has been no […]

Research/Survey Vessel – HAWK EXPLORER

One of the converted fishing vessels that used to be around was the 1984 built HAWK EXPLORER. She was built in 1984 in Kragero, Norway by Tangen Verft  as the Faroese fishing trawler HOGIFOSSUR  with grey hull , fishing matricola as VA 65 trading until May 2006  when she was sold and renamed as HAWK […]

Cruise Liners – CELESTYAL OLYMPIA – 27.10.2023

One of the Finnish built cruise liners still trading is the 1981 built liner CELESTYAL OLYMPIA. She was built at Wartsila Hietalahti Shipyard at Helsinki, Finland with yard number 431 for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) as SONG OF AMERICA at the cost of $ 140 million. She was laid down on 17th February, 1981, […]

Naval News – Decommissioning of ITS ZEFFIRO F 577 – 05.10.2023

Last Thursday 5th October @ 1830hrs the Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) Maestrale Class Frigate ITS ZEFFIRO F 577 was decommissioned after 38 years of service at Mar Grande Naval Station of Taranto, with 21 gun salute. Moored at Augusta Navy Base back to 27th April, 2019. Launched on 19th May 1984 built by Fincantieri […]

Broken Up – Soviet Passenger Ship MIKHAIL SUSLOV – 2013

One of  the seven Dmitri Shostakovich class ferries  of project B-492/B-493 originally built by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in Szczecin, Poland and used by the Soviet shipping companies was the yard no B492/04 MIKHAIL SUSLOV originally launched as VASILIY SOLOVYEV SEDOY. Leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to 8th January, 1985. She was in service by the Soviet […]

Maiden Call – Cruise Liner SAGA PEARL II at Malta – 09.11.2010

Saga Shipping, also known as Saga Cruises, a division of the Saga plc, is a cruise line headquartered in Folkestone, England founded in 1996. The fifth vessel that was part of the fleet was the 638 passenger capacity – SAGA PEARL II that was acquired in 2010 from Transocean Tours. She was built in Germany by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft […]