Spotted recently by one SuperyachtNews.com reader was the iconic 88m sailing yacht Maltese Falcon and 77m motoryacht Smeralda. Khoen Liem, principal scientific officer at European Commission, sent us the images of the yachts in Grand Harbour in Malta via the SuperyachtNews app.

Smeralda, built by Hanseatic Marine, was delivered to her owner in October 2012. The third superyacht in the Silver Series designed by Espen Øino, Smeralda is currently the largest yacht to ever be built in Australia. She was in Dubai earlier this year at the Dubai International Boat Show. The well-known Maltese Falcon, built by Perini Navi, was launched in 2006 for former owner Tom Perkins.


Maltese Falcon

"The pictures were taken on 8 September 2014 from a roof terrace in Senglea, with Fort St. Angelo is in the background," explained Liem. "It is quite rare to see the Maltese Falcon with a sail unfurled in the harbour, particularly the one sail on the centre mast with the falcon sign on it. I believe they were doing some maintenance work that day. As you will know the sails of the Maltese Falcon unfurl horizontally into tracks along the yards."


The Grand Harbour, Malta

"Smeralda is simply a beautiful and very elegant superyacht," he adds. "The Sea Axe 6711, which is in the picture with a helicopter on it, is a superyacht support vessel, built by Amels and naval architecture by Damen Shipyards."


Smeralda and Sea Axe 6711 side by side.

Liem sent these images using the 'Send an Image' feature on the SuperyachtNews app, available to download here. This function, which is accompanied by the 'Send a Story' feature, allows industry professionals to submit news and updates from the front line.

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