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Nieuw Amsterdam 1938-74

Nieuw Amsterdam 1938-74

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A very sad picture, apparently taken in Kaohsiung where she arrived in 1974.
 

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I was in Kao Shung when she docked on her final trip a week later you could not see anything left
 

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Gdynia, was she gone in a week? Nowadays, in Alang or in Turkey it takes several months to complete the breaking up. How did they managed to break her up so fast?
 

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We were discharging scrap on the next berth when she came alongside. There were millions of burning torches going 24/7 as vessels were queing up offshore to be next at the breakers. The Breakers I believe is now a large container terminal.Im suprised Alang takes months to break a vessel up considering the work force there.
 

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These ship-breaking pictures are so sad. It is like watching an autopsy being performed on someone you know. :(

Brian
 

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Just to make a comparison to the one week that it took for her scrapping, her former fleetmate Statendam was grounded in Alang to be scrapped in May 2004, work commenced in July (as she had to be slowly dragged closer to the beach and stripped of any valuable fittings) and was nearly completed in December. The 2004-05 newsletter of the maritimematters.com site offered interesting details on the breaking up of some old favourites.
 

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Neville,

Your comment "The Breakers I believe is now a large container terminal" is spot on - the owner of that land used the rather major profit from the sale, to finance a couple of capesize new-buildings.
 

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