Regal Empress

Jeff Taylor
4th May 2009, 22:52
The next casualty to watch will be the Regal Empress (ex "Olympia") which just bunkered at Gib on her way through the Suez to India for breaking. She's apparently due at Port Said in 48 hours and then on to the breakers beach. Shame.

lurline
7th May 2009, 14:55
its a shame and sin!
this is one of three last real oceanliner!

shamrock
16th May 2009, 16:02
It was confirmed that Regal Empress was in Port Said on May 14th. She has been experiencing engine difficulties whilst in the Med. He exact arrival date in India is not known, but from the AIS reports prior to her arrival in Port Said she does look like she is running a little slower than normal at around 12-14 knots.

Jeff Taylor
25th May 2009, 17:33
Looks like her Indian delivery crew doesn't have quite the touch with those 27year old diesels (I believe she was converted from steam to diesel in 1982 or thereabouts) that her regular engineers did. It's amazing the number of liners which have engine problems on the way to the beach.

shamrock
25th May 2009, 17:35
I like to think it is the ship protesting at having to end their life in such an undignified way :o

shamrock
18th July 2009, 14:19
Latest word on the grapevine is that Regal Empress is now awaiting her fate, anchored off beach #7 at Alang. Apparently her beaching could happen this weekend depending on tides. Her rivetted construction means that she is likely to take a little longer than other ships to break which is why there has been a delay in beaching her.

fred henderson
18th July 2009, 14:39
Although she was rebuilt in 1983, Regal Empress is one of five passenger vessels built to SOLAS 1948 regulations that were still in service at the start of this year: -

Athena - Classic International - Built 1948
Ivory - Louis Cruise - 1957
Regal Empress - Imperial Majesty - 1953
Royal Star - African Safari - 1956
The Emerald - Thomson - 1958

Fred (Thumb)

shamrock
18th July 2009, 14:48
Only Athena is SOLAS 2010 compliant out of that list, Fred. The others have the cutters torch hanging over them. Such a shame :(

shamrock
21st July 2009, 18:30
Regal Empress...or Regal Tmpress as she is now known...is listed here..

http://www.exim-india.com/newsletter/vesselmove/charts/alang-arrived.htm

She has yet to be given her plot but by all accounts it will be before this weekend :(

(There are quite a few containerships on that list too)

shamrock
23rd July 2009, 08:46
Maritime Matters is reporting that Regal Tmpress is to be beached today (23/7/2009).

A sad and undignified end to yet another grand old lady of the sea :(

shamrock
24th July 2009, 13:41
hmmm...according to the link above she still has not been allotted a plot and she has regained her name, Regal Empress, back.

shamrock
30th July 2009, 10:25
Maritime Matters have confirmed that Regal Empress was beached on July 24th, 2009.

Due to her very deep draft, she was beached during very low tide and some distance from the shoreline, this means that during her initial stripping out, she will at times be floating.

Once stripped and lightened, I can only assume that she will be winched up closer to the shoreline on her side if need be in order to have her superstructure and hull broken down.

So another chapter has ended, Regal Empress is no more...:(

shamrock
2nd August 2009, 14:49
An image of Regal Empress has been released on Maritime Matters, beached at Alang...

http://www.maritimematters.com/shipnews.html

Very sad to see another venerable old lady in that position :(

O.M.Bugge
3rd August 2009, 15:55
Maritime Matters have confirmed that Regal Empress was beached on July 24th, 2009.

Due to her very deep draft, she was beached during very low tide and some distance from the shoreline, this means that during her initial stripping out, she will at times be floating.

Once stripped and lightened, I can only assume that she will be winched up closer to the shoreline on her side if need be in order to have her superstructure and hull broken down.

So another chapter has ended, Regal Empress is no more...:(

I thought it was the other way around, deep draft vessels are beached at highest possible tide, to be pulled further up the beach as they are lightened?