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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: KALAKALA: cash needed on: October 20, 2009, 02:53:29 pm
I can't read the article without subscribing to Tradewinds, which I'm guessing is going to be a lot of trouble or cost money.

In any case, I doubt that the Kalakala will ever be restored.  The ship looks nice from the outside, but the inside was converted into a cannery.  After a few years processing fish and crabs, she sat rusting on a mud bank in my hometown of Kodiak, Alaska for a long time before some crazies decided to tow her to Seattle for a restoration project.  Trouble was, they spent all their money on the tow and never found a way to raise more.   After all, who wants to pay for a tour of a gutted out ferry?  It was nice of them to haul the junk out of Kodiak, though.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Dead whale stuck on cruise ship on: July 26, 2009, 03:09:58 pm
I feel sorry for the drydock workers who will have to remove that thing.  There is NOTHING that smells worse than a few tons of rotting whale meat!
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Logos Hope finishes conversion project on: February 19, 2009, 08:09:47 pm
After five long years of work, the Christian bookstore and ministry ship Logos Hope (IMO 7302914) has sailed into service.  Thursday afternoon it left Koge, Dennmark for Gothenberg, Sweden, where the crew will sell books, hold conferences and work with the local churches.  The Logos Hope was converted from the car ferry Norrona, with most of the work done by volunteers traveling from all around the world to work on her.  

Logos Hope's website: http://www.mvlogoshope.org/
Schedule of upcoming ports (attn UK shipspotters): http://www.mvlogoshope.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=418&Itemid=333

I guess this isn't really a big event in shipping news, but it means a lot to me.  I spent over a year volunteering on the Logos Hope when she was in Brodotrogir shipyard, Croatia, undergoing the majority of the conversion work.  After five years of work, it's great to see the ship in service.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Maxim Gorkiy sold... for scrap! on: January 09, 2009, 10:33:33 pm
Besides the non-flammable materials requirement, there are at least two others that make upgrading many old ships prohibitive.  After 2010, passenger ships must have at least two completely independent propulsion systems and two-compartment survivability, so if any two compartments are flooded the ship will stay afloat.  

Doulos is full of flammable wood, single engine, and has only one compartment survivability.  If the only issue was flammable materials, Operation Mobilization, the owner, would probably keep her, especially since they are still busy with the replacement for the Logos II, their other ship.
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