The Grand Harbour Entrance from British Hotel live camWonderful view of the Grand Harbour Entrance and the Fort Ricasoli

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    • 5 days ago
    • MWH

    Thanks Gavin. Now, as our newly appointed skyline crane expert, would you explain to us how to assemble a crane please - do you need a crane to build a crane? Oh you don't drive a big yellow Coles do you - they're my favourite!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Gavin R

    A crane like that here in England would probably cost upwards of £500 a week plus driver to hire , a lot less in Malta I would think ! I am currently driving one that costs £1400 a week and the same for me !!! I don't get paid that amount that's for sure !!

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    • 1 week ago
    • MWH

    How much do cranes cost to hire? I walked past that one (left) in early November and it's still there! Interestingly (or not) it is electric and manned from the ground. It is held down by a shed load of stone blocks which is creating havoc for the local traffic. Right, that's "crane watch" over for today.....

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    • 4 months ago
    • Pamela

    Those tugboat men have earned their money today!

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    • 4 months ago
    • Pamela

    This storm's created havoc Stig. I've been reading about hotels flooded and alsorts! Here's a short video of that tanker
    http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20161029/local/severe-winds-cause-minor-damage-all-over-malta.629400

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Stig Jansson

    Pamela, it seems you are right!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Pamela

    I wonder if that tanker's broken away from it's moorings? Could those tugs be holding it in place?

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Costa Pacifica turning on a sixpence!!

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • P.L.

    We have a busy few days for naval arrivals.
    Arriving this morning and staying till Sunday 9th October is Spanish Navy Transport Ship ESPS MARTIN POSADILLO A 04 which will berth at Parlatorio Wharf, Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd.
    At 0900 hrs and staying till Monday 10th October is the French Navy Durance Class Replenishment Tanker FS SOMME A 631 which will berth on Pinto 1 and 2
    On Saturday 8th till Monday 10th October the Norwegian Government Chartered Supply Ship SIEM PILOT is arriving.
    From Sunday 9th till Wednesday 12th October the Russian Navy Buyan-M Class (Project 21631) Corvettes 602 RFS ZELENY DOL and 603 RFS SERPUKHOV  together with the Goryn Class (Project 714) Salvage Tug SB-36 are due to call at Valletta.

    The Royal Navy has two ships arriving on Monday and Tuesday.
    On Monday 10th @ 0900 hrs till Friday 14th October the Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA MOUNTS BAY L 3008 will be berthing at Parlatorio Wharf, Palumbo Malta Shipyard Ltd.
    Then on Tuesday 11th at 0915hrs till Friday 14th October the Royal Navy Type 45 Class Destroyer HMS DIAMOND D 34 will be berthing at Boiler Wharf.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • Daiof38sqdn

    Ah! The British Hotel, with it's stunnining views over the Grand Harbour.Stayed there, year in, year out, for over twenty years. If I had to nominate a final resting place, when no longer able to perambulate, (without assistance from some poor soul, who could do without the brutal labour associated with pushing a 'dead weight individual around the City) Then Yes, I could happily watch the World pass underneath my nose, on a daily basis. A couple of glasses of the excellent Maltese Wines, would not go amiss.
    (Yes, even 'wizened old gits' have observed those battery powered contraptions, which really do excite the elderly bones, as to future potential!)
    The terrible admission that the delights of Valletta, will be forever denied, because of infirmity, is a very hard fact to be swallowed. Meanwhile, back to that glorious balcony at 'The British'. Just time to change in to my Admiral of the Fleet Uniform, to present a 'Photo-Opportunity' for the next 'Mega Cruise Ship' passengers, as they silently glide past to their berth!
    Very few, read the documentation that relates to the removal of the impersonator, and, his ejection from Malta.

    Ah! The British Hotel, with it's stunnining views over the Grand Harbour.Stayed there, year in, year out, for over twenty years. If I had to nominate a final resting place, when no longer able to perambulate, (without assistance from some poor soul, who could do without the brutal labour associated with pushing a 'dead weight individual around the City) Then Yes, I could happily watch the World pass underneath my nose, on a daily basis. A couple of glasses of the excellent Maltese Wines, would not go amiss.
    (Yes, even 'wizened old gits' have observed those battery powered contraptions, which really do excite the elderly bones, as to future potential!)
    The terrible admission that the delights of Valletta, will be forever denied, because of infirmity, is a very hard fact to be swallowed. Meanwhile, back to that glorious balcony at 'The British'. Just time to change in to my Admiral of the Fleet Uniform, to present a 'Photo-Opportunity' for the next 'Mega Cruise Ship' passengers, as they silently glide past to their berth!
    Very few, read the documentation that relates to the removal of the impersonator, and, his ejection from Malta.







  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • P.L.

    Pity the entrance webcam is down as P & O's Aurora is approaching the Grand Harbour.
    She is on a 17 day Eastern Mediterranean cruise which has seen her visit Cadiz, Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice and now Valletta and she has one more port of call in Gibralter before returning to Southampton on the 5th October.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks.does anyone know what the tall structures beyond Fort Ricosoli are they look like old radar towers.

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Fireworks tonight

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Mex

    Fl-okkażjoni tal-festa ta’ San Lawrenz, patrun tal-Birgu, fil-Port il-Kbir se jsiru l-ispettakli annwali ta’ logħob tan-nar, li saru parti mill-kalendarju pirotekniku ta’ pajjiżna. Dawn l-ispettakli jiġu preżentati ta’ kull sena mill-Għaqda Piroteknika 10 ta’ Awwissu tal-Birgu.

    L-ispettaklu pirotekniku prinċipali msejjaħ “ La Notte Di San Lorenzo 2016” se jsir lejliet il-festa, nhar it-Tlieta 9 ta’ Awissu fl-10.00 p.m.

    Tuesday 9th and 10th August Fireworks for the night of St.Lawrence

The Grand Harbour Entrance from British Hotel

Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, a gem for the Mediterranean and a prestigious landmark for the Maltese capital city.

Already in use since Phoenician times when it already offered the ideal and safe conditions for mooring, this harbour has been the base for the Knights of St. John, was greatly improved over the centuries with docks and wharves and finally massively fortified during the period of the British Military, today it appears as one of the most important destinations and luxury marinas for sailing boats, motorboats, superyachts and cruise ships even longer than 300 meters.

Grand Harbour is bounded by Fort St. Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli) and the Sceberras Peninsula, its predominant position in the heart of the Mediterranean made it a strategic military base for a long time but at the same time too exposed; as a consequence Napoleon and his fleet sailed into Valletta’s Grand Harbour at the end of the 18th century, after his brief and unsuccessful occupation that led to a drastic decrease of traffic, Malta became years later a British colony, tangible reminders of the British colonial rule are today many splendid fortifications, bastions and towers all around; British have truly left their mark with a wider entrance, harbour amenities, a greater anchorage, new houses, structure and churches were rebuilt, Valletta started to enjoy a new era of prosperity focusing mainly on the multi-purpose Grand Harbour; unfortunately it was savagely bombed during World War II by Italian forces that caused much destruction. Today Grand Harbour offers safe anchorage in all weathers and high quality services, it encloses the wonderful city of Valletta, officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and visited every day by a multitude of tourists from all over the world.

The southeast side is embellished by a number of inlets and promontories, the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and by the fortified Three Cities, that is Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla); on the left side of the Grand Harbour entrance and on the opposite side of Fort St. Elmo is located the above-mentioned Fort Ricasoli, a large fortification in the promontory known as Gallows Point built by the Knights of Malta at the end of the 17th century and named after its main financier, the Italian knight Giovanni Francesco Ricasoli; originally constructed to give protection to the Grand Harbour, it was active during the British rule but suffered greatly during the Second World War, much of the entire structure was damaged, the evidence of its so fascinating remains are still visible all around, however it enjoys wonderful panoramic views over Valletta and its surroundings.

Just for curiosity: Fort Ricasoli and its walls have been chosen and used as a filming location for successful films such as Gladiator, Agora, Helen of Troy and Julius Caesar.

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