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HIT & RUN: Cruise ship rams & sinks Venezuelan navy ship. Flees. Story gets crazier

File Photo: RCGS Resolute.

PortandTerminal.com, April 1, 2020

The Venezuelan navy OPV vessel the GC-23 Naiguata was sunk early yesterday morning after it collided with the Resolute, Passenger ship registered in Portugal. The Resolute continued to sale to Curaçao without rescuing the Venezuelan crew of the sinking vessel.

CURACAO, VENEZUELA – There are multiple reports that the cruise ship RCGS RESOLUTE (IMO: 9000168) collided with and sank Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship ANBV NAIGUATA (GCG-23). The incident took place in the early morning of March 30 northwest of La Tortuga Island, Venezuela, Caribbean.

Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship ANBV NAIGUATA (GCG-23)
File Photo:Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship ANBV NAIGUATA (GCG-23)

For reasons that are still being investigated, the RCGS Resolute approached the Venezuelan patrol ship and rammed it, causing serious damage to the vessel and sinking it. The cruise ship, which is designed to be able to navigate between ice and has a reinforced hull, sustained minimal damage.

Photo of the bow of a small cruise ship showing damage.
Damage to the RCGS Resolute after the crash seems minimal. (Source: Twitter)

Details of what happened are only emerging now. Venezuelan sources say that the cruiser had refused to stop to be inspected by the patrol crew and increased its speed to try and flee.

The Venezuelan navy patrol ship then carried out a maneuver to prevent the flight of the Resolute and was rammed in the process which caused it to sink.

In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan navy, it is also stated that the Resolute did not stop to help the stricken patrol boat. In the words of its spokesperson, “this constitutes a cowardly and criminal act by not attending to the rescue of the crew, violating international regulations that regulate the rescue of life at sea.”

Fortunately, all 44 crew of ANBV NAIGUATA were rescued, details unknown at this time.

What do we know about the RCGS Resolute?

File Photo: RCGS Resolute.
File Photo: RCGS Resolute.

Now the story takes a twist.

The RCGS Resolute is owned by Bunnys Adventure and Cruise Shipping Co. Ltd., a privately held firm registered to an address in the Bahamas with several hundred other businesses.

On the night of March 5th the RCGS Resolute quietly slipped out of Buenos Aires, Argentina according to reports.

The ship was arrested last October by various companies that were owed money by a Canadian company called One Ocean Expeditions. PortandTerminal.com contacted their offices today but were unable to reach anyone to speak to for a statement.

The ship’s owners settled US$3.6 million in claims in order to retain the ship, and avoid it being sold in a court-ordered sale. Two European fuel suppliers, three South American ships agents, and 22 crew were paid as a result of the action.

There were reports in January that One Ocean Expeditions would be entering a formal insolvency process that has not yet happened.

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