Maiden Call – Damen built tug SEA VANQUISH – 30.01.2024

One of the Damen built tugs, the 2013 built Damen Stantug 2909 series SEA VANQUISH called at Grand Harbour, Malta on Tuesday 30th January passing breakwaters at 1629 hrs (local time) coming from Haydarpasa, Turkey after she towed the disabled 2004 built general cargo ship MAXIMUS-1. She was built at Damen Shipyard Galati at Galati, […]

Maiden Call – Montenegro owned bulker KOTOR – 22.04.2013

One of the rare countries that ships come from at Malta is the Balkan Country – Montenegro. In the afternoon of Monday 22nd April, 2013 the 2012 built bulker KOTOR entered Grand Harbour for the first time. She was built in China by Shanghai Shipyard at Shanghai with 179.98 metres as length overall (loa) and […]

Malta Naval Visits – HRM VUKOVAR RTOP-41 from 19 to 21.09.2021

The Croatian Navy is a branch of the Croatian Armed Forces. It was formed in 1991 from what Croatian forces managed to capture from the Yugoslav Navy during the breakup of Yugoslavia and Croatian War of Independence. In addition to mobile coastal missile launchers, today it operates 30 vessels, divided into the Navy Flotilla for traditional naval duties with Croatian Coast Guard. One of […]

Local Shipping – PRINCESS DIANA & PRINCESS ELIZABETH

Two boats that were former Libyan Customs and Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Patrol Craft and were never used as short sea passenger boats were the 31.4 metres craft PRINCESS DIANA and PRINCESS ELIZABETH. PRINCESS DIANA was built in 1963 for the Libyan Customs by Brodogradiliste Kraljevica in Hrvatska at Yugoslavia as ARRAID and on […]

Naval News – German Navy Frigate F 207 FGS BREMEN scrap – November 2021

On Wednesday 13th October, 2021 the German Navy Type 122 Class Frigate FGS BREMEN F 207 left Wilhelmshaven for the last time and last voyage towed to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey by tug ONYX which passed off Malta on the 7th November 2021. She was the lead ship of the class known as the Bremen Class, […]

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 […]

Cruise Liners – DALMACIJA

The first Yugoslav Ship that had a bulbous bow and called the Adriatic Beauty was the DALAMACIJA. She was built in 1965 by Brodogradiliste Uljanik in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) for Jadranska Linijska Plovidba (the Yugoslav state shipping company) or as known as JUGOLINJA. She had a sister built as ISTRA of which was broken up […]