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Hit & Run Cruise Ship Update: Venezuelan Navy fired shots at cruise ship!

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

PortandTerminal.com, April 2, 2020

The story about the cruise ship that rammed and sank the Venezuelan Navy vessel gets even more interesting. There are now claims that it was the Venezuelan Navy that fired warning shots at the cruise ship and rammed it. What’s going on here?

CURACAO, VENEZUELA – There are now reports that the Venezuelan Navy ship Naiguata that sank after reportedly being rammed by the cruise ship Resolute on March 30th had fired warning shots at the cruise vessel. The owner of the cruise ship is claiming that in fact, it was the navy ship that rammed it, not the other way around.

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

What’s going on here?

The latest

There are now reports saying that the Resolute, which was positioned outside Venezuelan territorial waters, was approached by the Venezuelan navy ship the Naiguata and ordered to sail to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita in Venezuelan territorial waters.

Warning shots were fired, but the cruise ship Resolute maintained its course.

The owners of the Resolute have issued a statement claiming that after the shots were fired, it was actually the navy vessel that rammed the cruise ship “in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters”.

READ: Tanker attacked, Captain murdered by pirates in Venezuela

The cruise ship’s owners statement goes on to say that “…while the RCGS Resolute sustained minor damages, not affecting vessel’s seaworthiness, it occurs that the navy vessel suffered severe damages while making contact with the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel RCGS Resolute and started to take water…”

Confused? So are we.

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

For one, the bow of the Resolute looks like it did the ramming, not the other way around. No one rams a ship head-on.

But what about the warning shots? Why would the Venezuelan Navy want to force the Resolute off-course and into an anchorage at a port in their territorial waters?

One scenario is the standard Venezuelan President Maduro, tin-pot dictator, conspiracy stuff. Take it with a grain of salt.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

“The cruise ship “RCGS Resolute” is not a cruise ship. It is a military pirate ship that attacked the Navy patrol boat. It has 160 paramilitaries on board (possibly more) and, denounces the CEOFANB, equipped with inflatable boats to mobilize commandos and execute night raids”

Stay tuned for the next chapter in this made-for-TV maritime mystery.

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