18th July 2005, 09:49
Ships Monthly reports today, Oriana, Eugenio C ( Ex Edinburgh Castle) and Windsor Castle all arrived at Alang last couple of months.
Also they are suggesting that SS Norway en-route via Malaysia to avoid European rules on sending Asbestos to India.
Anybody here any more.
18th July 2005, 13:24
Was suggested Norway going to be a training ship for star cruises, according to marine news.
18th July 2005, 15:15
The article says that they are towing her to Port Keland to be converted to a floating hotel and casino, but speculates that this could be just a way of getting round the strict EU laws on safe disposal as she could then go from Malaysia to the breakers.
We shall see either way a sad end
18th July 2005, 16:38
The Norway was observed at Cape Town on 26 June reported to be heading for Port Klang, allegedly to be converted, but who knows? Big Red Boat II (Eugenio C) is being dragged ashore as tide allows, and Rita (Windsor Castle) is finally about to be beached after breaking down and having to be rescued by a tug - which then broke down too!!
18th July 2005, 18:17
Big Red Boat II had to have her boilers retubed in order to make the voyage to the breakers. Even so she kept breaking down. It must have been a nightmare for the delivery crew. A tow from the Bahamas would have cost more than her scrap value.
18th July 2005, 18:32
I would be interested to know how much the breakers come away with after buying a vessel, paying for a delivery etc. Wouldn't have thought it would be a lot
18th July 2005, 18:40
The Oriana is to be broken up in China, not India, towed away from Dalian in May.
20th July 2005, 12:40
Does anyone know of any sites with photos of ships being broken up. I know it's sad, but there is some sort of morbid fascination in it. I've seen a Canberra site which shows her scrapping, but I can't find any others.
20th July 2005, 12:49
I suggest you put ALANG in your search engine, and you will be surprised how many sites are shown, plenty of pictures.
Also goto http://www.maritimematters.com, a site which has an article on Alang plus all the latest liner news, a wealth of information on this site.
20th July 2005, 12:50
That was quick. Thank you.
8th April 2006, 00:30
I just watched a documentary about ship breaking in India.It was fascinating as well as heart breaking.To think that these once fine ships meet their end this way.It is a dangerous and dirty job with little or no safety regulations on hand in India.They did report though it is a multi billion dollar a year industry because of the price of scrap steel.During the documentary they said that 20 years ago the beach in India where this happens was a nice white beach with a fishing village.............now it is a ten mile long enviromental disaster where people die every day.It was on the Discovery channel here in the States(satellite TV), I am not sure if that channel is available in Europe,seeing as I have not lived there since 1985.
8th April 2006, 17:22
tell those ships to put about, moves are afoot to build a breakers yard In Birkenhead
8th April 2006, 20:25
Moves may be afoot in Birkenhead but the environmenalists have already objected so watch this space as they say. Talking of breakers, is there any further news on the Norway or whatever name she is floating under these days, where is she?
6th May 2006, 22:48
Has anyone got any further info on whats happening with this vessel?
Here her latest news, and so still for sale.
2,032 PASSENGER SHIP FOR SALE
THE SHIP IS AGAIN AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PURCHASE
PRICE USD24 MILLION BASIS 'AS IS, WHERE IS' MALAYSIA
OWNERS HAVE NO INTEREST IN OFFERS WITH SUBJECTS - OUTRIGHT ONLY
PASSENGER TENDERS AND OTHER REMOVALS WERE MADE BY PRESENT OWNERS 'BLUE LADY' (EX 'NORWAY' - EX S.S. FRANCE)
Last modified on Wednesday May 3, 2006
7th May 2006, 15:27
Thanks for that ruud.
Removal of tenders indicates further use somewhere already, so the vessel is being sold off bit by bit.
7th May 2006, 16:48
Thanks R58484956 for the suggestion to visit Maritime Matters site by typing in Alang on my browser. What a wealth of information on those sad ships as they are stranded on the beach awaiting destruction.
One poignant picture for me was the remains of the AMERIKANIS ex
KENYA CASTLE. I still have the official photographs of her when she was brand new, just out of the box, some taken in March 1952 at Southampton when I signed on as Smoke Room Steward and others when we visited Casablanca, Lisbon. Las Palmas etc on a two week cruise prior to the maiden round Africa stint. You know what, its pretty choking to see one of your old ships like that. I realise that when she went to the torch in June 2001, the old girl had already had her 49th birthday and like all the others I knew, that was her fate. Very sad though.
8th May 2006, 17:17
Maritime matters are reporting that Blue Lady is on the move. Left port on Friday bound for Alang breakers. ETA 1st June.
8th May 2006, 17:40
With any luck the engines wont fire up enough power to get her on the beach.