REMPEC visits two special vessels calling at Valletta – Jun 18, 2009


The newly built Swedish Coast Guard combination vessel KBV 001 POSEIDON, is currently visiting Malta on its maiden voyage from the shipyard in Romania to Sweden. The KBV 001 POSEIDON is a multi purpose vessel, designed to handle large volumes of oil (approximately 1000cubic meters can be stored on board in dedicated tanks equipped with heating system), emergency towing and fire fighting at sea. In addition to the KBV 001, the Swedish Coast Guard will receive two new large combination vessels, one identical to the KBV 001 and the third one specialised in oil and chemical spills response.

For more information visit the Swedish Coast Guard website:


Chartered by Dronik Maritime Consultants Ltd (Underwater Search & Survey) the offshore supply vessel VOS SATISFACTION, called at Valletta on its way back from Santorini Island (Greece).

The vessel was used to support the recovery of the remaining bunkers of the Cruise Liner SEA DIAMOND which sank in the Santorini Caldera in April 2007.

“The operation has been extremely challenging on a casualty which has suffered a high degree of deformation” said Mr. Michael Barclay, Managing Director of Dronik Maritime Consultant Ltd.

The Operation involved the use of state of the art technology including remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to drill the wreck and pump the bunker from several parts of the vessel, which lays by approximately 120 m depth.