Ferry – 1980 built SHERBATSKIY

One of the last remaining ships built for Townsend Thoresen for the Dover – Calais route as the PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE was scrapped in December 2015 and was seen as SHERBATSKIY. She was launched on 31st May 1980 by Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany as yard number 2281 as PRIDE OF FREE ENTERPRISE for Townsend Thoresen […]

Delivery – Damen built tugs VB FLANDES and VB SAMBA at Malta – 10.08.2021

On Tuesday 10th August, 2021 two Damen ART 80-32 built tugs VB FLANDES and VB SAMBA entered Grand Harbour, Malta during their delivery voyage. They left Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates on Saturday 17th July arriving at the Suez Anchorage, Egypt on Monday 2nd August. Both left the anchorage to transit via the Suez Canal […]

Malta Naval Visits – BNS LEOPOLD I – 06.05.2021

The second naval unit to visit the Maltese Islands during 2021 was the Karel Doorman Class Frigate F 930 LEOPOLD I  of the Marine Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. She was here on Thursday 6th May coming from Abu Dhabi passing breakwaters at 1014 hrs. Prior to 29th March 2007, the ship was known as HNLMS KAREL DOORMAN F […]

Passer By – Super Servant 4 with 2 Naval Vessels aboard – 17.09.2020

On Thursday 17th September , 2020 morning the 1982 built semi-submersible yacht carrier SUPER SERVANT 4 passed by North of Malta on her way to Varna, Bulgaria. Interesting cargo inside her dock were 2 former Dutch Navy Tripartite Class Minehunters M 856 Hnlms MAASLUIS (Commissioned 12th December 1984) and M 859 Hnlms HELLEVOETSLUIS (Commissioned 20th February […]

Demolition Naval Vessels – BNS GEORGES TRUFFAUT M 908 – 30.06.2007

M 908 BNS GEORGES TRUFFAUT  was a minesweeper of the famous Aggressive. She was built in 1955 by Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, Florida in USA as AM 515 for the United States Navy. Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO 515 on the 7th February 1955 of which she was launched 1st November 1955 and completed 21st September […]

Demolition Naval Vessels – BNS ZINNIA A 961 – 30.06.2007

A 961 BNS ZINNIA was a command and logistic support ship for mine countermeasures vessels, development of BNS GODETIA A 960. She was built in 1967 by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken, Antwerp, Belgium as yard no 837. Her modifications throughout the years were setting of the bridge further aft, allowing a second supply hold and crane […]

CASUALTY – 31 Years Ago – HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE – 06.03.1987 During the evening of 6th March 1987 MS Herald of Free Enterprise, a Townsend Thoresen branded RORO passenger and car ferry owned by European Ferries capsized shortly after sailing.  The ferry left the Belgium port of Zeebrugge bound for Dover.  At 1920 hrs […]