Naval News – Towed Array Sonar by Dutch Navy Submarine S 810 HNLMS BRUINVIS – March 2002

A towed array sonar is a system of hydrophones towed behind a submarine or a surface ship on a cable. Trailing the hydrophones behind the vessel, on a cable that can be kilometres long, keeps the array’s sensors away from the ship’s own noise sources, greatly improving its signal-to-noise ratio, and hence the effectiveness of detecting and tracking faint contacts, such as quiet, […]

Accidents – MFD 79 MAREBLU at Grand Harbour – November 2020

On Saturday 7th November, 2020 around noon the Maltese owned tuna ranch workboat MAREBLU MFD 079 had an accident at Bighi Bay, Grand Harbour, Malta. Shortly afterwards the workboat ONNELLA MFD 015 was on site together with the 14 metre tugboat GOZZO. By attaching lifting bags to her stern since she was partially sunk (engine […]

Local Shipping – Workboat MONTE ROSA

One of the former Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats operating in the Maltese Islands is MONTE ROSA. She was brought in Malta as a deck cargo aboard the MPP ship AQUILA J which berthed starboard side alongside at Pinto 4 wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port. She was built in 1980 by W.A. Souter […]

Local Shipping – EMMAYA

On Saturday 30th May, 2020 the newbuild aquaculture vessel EMMAYA delivered to Fish & Fish Ltd arrived in Malta as a deck cargo aboard the heavy lift vessel EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA. She was built in Southampton, U.K. by SMS Group with a length of 24 metres; 8.5 metres beam and maximum draft of 3 metres. She’s […]

Palumbo Malta Shipyard – RFA WAVE KNIGHT A 389 – 24.07.2019 to 01.08.2019

On Wednesday 24th July, 2019 at 1144 hrs the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave Class Fleet Tanker RFA WAVE KNIGHT A 389 entered Valletta for the first time assisted by local tugs LIENI and SEA SALVOR after she was cleared to enter both from authorities and from the chemist that tested the vessel as Gas […]

Offshore – High Speed Transfers ordered the 4th Damen vessel

High Speed Transfers has placed its fourth order for a Damen 27-metre FCS 2710 fast crew transfer vessel (CTV). High Speed Transfers is a 2018 newly established company located in Swansea, UK. The company specialises in owning and operating Crew Transfer Vessel services for the offshore windfarms around Europe. The team has extensive experience in […]

Rescue – 2 Persons injured in a boat accident at Marfa, Malta – 20.02.2019

2 persons have sustained grievous injuries following an accident with their boat of which around 0500 hrs the Police were informed that a boat collided with the wall of the Ramla Bay Resort Hotel in Marfa, at great speed. Police from the Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) , the Qawra police station as well as the […]

Towage – RIJNSTROOM ready for her next assignment

On Monday 13th August, 2018 the 1995 built twin screw tugboat RIJNSTROOM entered Marsamxett Harbour, Malta bound to Manoel Island Yacht Yard where she was slipped at Slip no 6 for a hull inspection after she finished her last assignment – Beach Nourishment job near the Spanish South West Coast with her last port of […]

DRYDOCKING – KIRBY FS  – January 2018. The 2010 built MLT flag workboat KIRBY FS was seen drydocked inside Palumbo Malta Shipyard Floating Dock ERCOLINO II at Valletta (Grand Harbour), Malta last 16th January 2018.  She’s a MacDuff Ship Design of 12.44 metre workboat catamaran built in Malta at General Maintenance Ltd, Kirkop. Below images are of her […]