The German tour and cruise operator PLANTOURS have chartered the former DEUTSCHLAND during June and July to cover for the HAMBURG that has gone to Lloyd Werft after an incident off Belfast last month, she is due to be handed over to Semester at Sea in late July and after a minor refit will enter service in September 2016.
A very good move on ABP Southampton's part especially if they are fortunate in their bid to own/operate Marchwood Military Port which is adjacent to the land recently acquired, with a large area of land with direct river access there surely will be some future port development in this area to cater for the ever growing port activity and with Dibden Bay directly next door as well which is currently owned by ABP Southampton.
Of course there will be objections as in the case of the long public enquiry that went against any plans to develop Dibden Bay into a huge container port but eventually it will happen.
I am interested in what she actually hit to sustain such damage for her not to be repairable, does anyone have any further information regarding this incident?
It's a shame that she will most probably be scrapped but then again the company were very fortunate to have been able to find a suitable replacement and in my opinion a far better vessel to suit their requirements.