Sunday, May 20, 2018

Indian Navy INS Tarangini calls at Valletta Port

The Indian Navy INS Tarangini (A 75) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a four-day courtesy visit. 

INS Tarangini is a three-masted barque.  She is square rigged on the fore and main masts and fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzen mast.  

INS Tarangini was built by Goa Shipyard Ltd., India, to a design by the British naval architect Colin Mudie.  She was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 11-Nov-1997 as a sail training ship.

The Indian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-1, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wed, May 23rd. (20-May-2018)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ryanair's flight to Luton rejected take-off due to door indication

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 (EI-FRI), performing flight FR-3883 from Malta (Malta) to London-Luton (U.K.) with 172 people on board, was accelerating for take-off from Malta's RWY 13 when the crew rejected take-off due to a aft door indication. The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.  A replacement Boeing 737-800 (EI-ENL) reached Luton with a delay of 2.5 hours. (Source: avherald.com, 18-May-2018)

Spanish Navy ESPS Canarias calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy ESPS Canarias (F 86) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

ESPS Canarias is the sixth ship of six Santa Maria-class frigates in commission with the Spanish Navy.

The Spanish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, May 21st. (18-May-2017)

Monday, May 14, 2018

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-BRE - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 24255/1625), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex 2-HAUL)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-INV - Bombardier Challenger 604 (c/n. 5628), registered to FlexFlight ApS, Denmark. (rrg OY-INV)
  • 9H-SKM - Gulfstream G450 (c/n. 4024), registered to Sky Prime Malta Aviation Services Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 10-May-2018)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

German Navy FGS Mosel calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy FGS Mosel (A 512) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

FGS Mosel is the second of six Elbe-class (Type-404) replenishment ships in service with the German Navy.  She was commissioned on 1-Jul-1993.

The German auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, May 15th.  (12-May-2017)

Two Turkish Naval vessels call at Valletta Port

Two Turkish Naval vessels have sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  These are the landing ship TCG Osman Gazi (NL 125) and the training ship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (A 579).  Both ships are presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and they're expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, May 15th.  (12-May-2018)

Friday, May 11, 2018

French Navy FS LdV Le Henaff calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy FS Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Henaff (F 789) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

FS LdV Le Henaff is an D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette (Type A69) and she was commissioned in naval service on 13-Feb-1980.  

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-1, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, May 14th.  (11-May-2018)

Libyan defence ministry told to pay for VIP jets grounded in Malta

A Maltese court has ordered a company owned by Libya's defence ministry to cough up €650,000 for two jets currently grounded in Malta.

The legal action was filed against Libya's EACS (Executive Authority for Air Cargo and Special Flights), which falls under the authority of the Libyan defence ministry, by Asemar Aviation and Cargo Services Limited, which are based in Malta but headed by Libyan national A. Abuzikri.

EACS is run by Shaker Own, who was appointed as its head by the Tobruk administration.  Asemar said €650,000 in services to EACS between 2013 and 2015 were never paid.  Among the bills was a €140,000 VIP flight between Mitiga and Paris in May 2014.

Asemar applied for the seizure, as security, of one of EACS's two Bombardier jets laid up in Malta.  Since July 2017, the two aircraft have also been at the heart of a legal battle between EACS and United Aviation Company (UAC), which is headed by Ali Elshanti.  UAC claims it is the legitimate owner of the two aircraft. (Source: maltatoday.com, 10-May-2018)