Broken Up – Cruise Liner MARCO POLO – 09.01.2021

The classic cruise liner MARCO POLO arrived at Alang, India on Saturday 9th January, 2021. Following the demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic Disease she was sold at auction by CW Kellock & Co. Ltd. for US$ 2,770,000 on 22 October 2020. She was built as an ocean liner in 1965 […]

Cruise Liners – DALMACIJA

The first Yugoslav Ship that had a bulbous bow and called the Adriatic Beauty was the DALAMACIJA. She was built in 1965 by Brodogradiliste Uljanik in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) for Jadranska Linijska Plovidba (the Yugoslav state shipping company) or as known as JUGOLINJA. She had a sister built as ISTRA of which was broken up […]

RoRo Vessels – TOR BELGIA

One of the ships that DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab) used to operate was the 1978 built roll on/roll off vessel TOR BELGIA. She was built in France by Dunkerque by Société Metallurgique et Navale at Dunkerque-Normandie in 1978 as yard no 305 launched on 8th April as FOSS HAVRE trading until 1981, renamed VILLE DU […]


One of the famous design built in Russia late 70’s and eighties were the 157 metre long multi type cargo ship with a bow roro ramp. Various ships were naming some of them – IVAN DERBENEV built in 1978 as yard no 826, TIMURA FRUNZE built in 1979, MARJAN built in 1980, KATYA ZELENKO built […]

Vehicle Carriers – NEPTUNE THALASSA

Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises SA is a leading finished vehicle logistics provider, offering transportation and shipping solutions to manufacturers and shippers of cars and high & heavy cargoes. During August 1996 the car carrier NEPTUNE THALASSA was introduced to the fleet. She was built in 1979 by Sasebo Heavy Industries at Sasebo, Japan […]

Libyan Shipping – Ferry GARYOUNIS

The Libyan state owned company General National Maritime Transport Company, more known as GNMTC founded in 1975 based in Tripoli used to operate 4 ferries amongst other ships including the ferry GARYOUNIS. She was built by Naikai Zosen Corporation, Setoda Shiyard, at Onimichi in Japan launched on 3rd April 1973 and completed on 30th June 1973 […]

Breaking Up – Oil Rig JACK BATES – Feb 2019

Early February 2019 the 1986 built semi-submersible drilling rig (SSDR) JACK BATES homeported at Vanuatu, Port Vila arrived for demolition at Alang, India. She was built in Japan by Harima Heavy Industries at Tokyo as ZANE BARNES until 1993 from which she was moved from the US Gulf to Malta in 1992 and renamed JACK […]

Cruise Liners – OCEAN ISLANDER

A classic passenger cruise ship that was built originally as passenger/cargo vessel in late 50’s was built in Italy by Riuniti Adriatico, San Marco as SAN GIORGIO. She was built for Adriatica Line, Italy as Yard 1813 , keel laid on 15th May 1955; launched on 19th March 1956 and completed 9th November 1956 with […]

Soviet Era – NMT Silvia

One of the famous ro/ro ships built at Meyer Neptun, Rostock in Germany as the Soviet vessel KOMPOZITOR BORODIN was seen at Valletta, Malta back on the 27th May, 2005 when she was named NMT SILVIA running for Dutch Line NMT based in Amsterdam. She was built in 1985 with IMO : 8521945 , 6,894 GRT and 4,673 DWT. […]

Breaking Up – 1975 built General Cargo Ship SANTA MARINA – 2008

During December 2008 the 1975 built general cargo ship SEA CROWN homeported at Wonsan, North Korea arrived for demolition at Alang, India. She was built in Japan by Kochiken Zosen K.K. at Kochi in 1975 with length of 130 metres, beam of 18.3 metres. Her gross tonnage was 6,242 tons while her deadweight was 10,178 […]