PortandTerminal.com, June 16, 2020
CURACAO, VENEZUELA – Back at the beginning of April we reported on an incident in which a cruise ship, the RCGS Resolute, reportedly rammed a Venezuelan Navy ship and sank it. Day by day though as the story unfolded what actually happened became more bizarre and exciting.
Here’s a brief rundown on what happened before we get to the latest news:
On March 30th the Resolute was sailing outside of Venezuelan territorial waters when it was approached by the Venezuelan navy ship the Naiguata and ordered to sail to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita in Venezuelan territorial waters.
When the captain of the Resolute refused things quickly got tense. The Venezuelan navy ship fired warning shots at the Resolute but to no effect. The Resolute maintained its course in international waters.
Next, the navy vessel then rammed the cruise ship “in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters” according to a statement from the Resolute’s owners.
The Resolute, which is a cruise ship designed to be able to navigate between ice and has a reinforced hull, sustained minimal damage though. In fact, thanks to the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel it was the Venezuelan navy ship Naiguata that was damaged in the collision.
The Naiguata quickly took on water and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Fortunately, all 44 of its crew were rescued with no loss of life.
The latest news on the Resolute
Fast forward to this week. The latest news is that the RCGS Resolute will be sold at an auction in Curacao on June 22.
The former Hanseatic cruise ship would then have its third owner in just three years. The ship had previously ended its career with the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet in 2018, after which it had been chartered with a long-term agreement with One Ocean Expeditions which has gone under.
According to court documents the vessels current owner, Bunnys Adventure and Cruise Shipping Company Limited is responsible for debts of just under $4 million.
The 1991-built vessel is said to be in need of minor repair following the spring incident. The auction should attract significant interest from investors and players in the expedition cruise market.
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