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« on: November 25, 2012, 07:07:39 pm »

Any further updates on the fate of Classic International Cruises ?
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 06:18:48 am »

Sorry crazyboutships, here in Australia we have all put our claims in for refunds on our cruises. Nothing in the media, Regards, Brian
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 08:08:05 pm »

Thanks anyway Brian
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 08:46:42 am »

Daily newspaper "Vijesti", 21.01.2013. wrote:

Portuguese ship abandoned in the Bar harbor
Supervision of the "Arion" and thus that Luka Bar keeps a boat, nautical inspector performs the Bar Harbor Master ..
Portuguese passenger ship "Arion", which is the 17th September last year, stopped in Montenegro on behalf of the Commercial Court in Podgorica, was officially handed over to the Port of Bar, because keeping the crew in the meantime left the cruiser that was forcibly tied up in port under Volujica Quay.
Supervision of the "Arion" and thus that Luka Bar keeps a boat, nautical inspector performs the Bar Harbor Master, and as unofficial, the Commercial Court in Podgorica, in the course of the proceedings against the ship owner.
The owner of the company "Classic International Cruises" (CIC) and the procedure was launched Russian tourist agency "R-tours" from Moscow, which had been hired "Arion" before his zaustavanja in Kotor, in mid-September.
Previously the two CIC's ship - cruise ship "Princess Danae" and "Athena" stopped at Marseilles by court order and request the British fuel supplier, company "Cocket Marine Oil" which has not been paid delivered oil.

Early October in the Bay Court in Crete, Greece, arestiran the fourth ship cruise company CIC "Princess Daphne", which at that time was chartered by a German operator.

"Shipowner has duly paid all 120 crew members, and they were then left the ship," said a well-informed source.

The ship was to find out the "Vijesti", the bar held by order of the Commercial Court of Russians who seek to "Arion" impose an injunction prohibiting the departure.
"This is the first time here in Montenegro this case happens and everyone in the chain of the maritime industry up to now the maximum effort to help the shipper that the status of Arion as quickly as possible, and the crew and the ship are disposed of in a proper manner," he said source of "Vijesti".

According to our interviewee who insisted on anonymity, they began to accumulate demurrage costs and keeping the ship in port of Bar 'which will be presented to the Commercial Court and recoup from the woods is now obtained a judicial sale of certain "Arion".

"After leaving the crew on board the other 1,5 - 2 tons of food, and the commander ordered that she be transferred to humanitarian organizations, but I do not know if this is in the news and realized," says interlocutor "Vijesti."

One of the biggest maritime legal authority in Montenegro captain Branko Djurovic from Bar said the "Vijesti" to the example of the "Arion" "should follow the principle of reasonableness, which is often used in the maritime world of compensation and other similar applications. '

"We have a boat that was stopped at sea and who is already three months lying in Bar abandoned by the owner, the bank and the crew., It's unthinkable - that this happens for example in the UK, the court called on all parties and told them: you you must behave in a fair, reasonable and first seek common interests and conflicts that then I will be like the court to resolve.'s how it works in the world, so that ships would not be like this for months and failed to everyone involved in these procedures, they should suffer unnecessary damage, "said Captain Djurovic.
He did not want to declare who is specifically true when the "Arion" in the issue, but noted that "it is not reasonable to stop a ship in full sail and earns, no matter what you might have the right to zaplijeniš ga."

"Yes, after stopping nobody met and that there should be no communication, it is simply unthinkable. The whole world is in crisis, but there looking to help shippers that with their destruction, not to fail, and many other interests. "

The financial problems of the company CIC began about six months ago, shortly after in May 2012th died its founder and owner, the Greek maritime entrepreneur George Potamianos.

Family business then as head of the company taken over by his sons and Alexandros Emilios but im aggravating factor in running a business is the fact that the entire fleet is very old company CIC - consists of five cruise ships built in the period since 1948. and 1965. year.

Trying to get a boat for a pittance?

"Arion" is a ship that is very important for this area because it was built in the 1965th in Pula "Uljanik" under the name "the research." With twin "Dalmatia" this elegant, 117-meter-long vessel of 5,500 gross tons was the pride of the Yugoslav so. White fleet, and for many years the largest vessel in the fleet Rijeka "Jadrolinije."

Originally built as a passenger-cargo liners, "the research" and "Dalmatia" are shorter ride on the regular route between Venice, Yugoslav and Greek and Lebanese ports to ports in Egypt, soon were reconstructed in conventional passenger cruise ship. "Istria" which is from 1991. The bore the name "Astra", 2000-and bought Portuguese and thoroughly reconstructed and rebuilt in accordance with the latest SOLAS standards for passenger ships, which is invested in a lot of money.

Under the new name "Arion", former "Istra" and today is one of the most so-called minor. classic passenger ships in the world, and connoisseurs of all maritime opportunities in connection with this ship occurred in Montenegro, they see as an attempt by Russia to the charterer for a relative pittance, regaining valuable and beautiful ship.

"R-tours" is a practical advantage of the problems which affected the company and it turned out to CIC claim that will likely allow him to end the sale in court, I have become the owner of "Arion," for an amount that is only 20 to 30 percent of the true value of the ship " - confident interlocutor "Vijesti"
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 12:31:26 pm »

By the way, regarding "Funchal", which is also part of the CIC fleet and has been moored at a Lisbon pier since 2010 to undergo a now never-ending rennovation work and interior re-structuring in accordance to the applicable SOLAS rules and regulations, the news are that the last crew members onboard (7, including the captain) finally left the ship just before Christmas. They had been without food in the ship stores since October, and thus forced to eat out at a social canteen nearby like beggars, and were thriving under harsh conditions on board, without heating and with only sufficient fuel to attend to emergencies.

Before leaving the ship, the captain wrote in the ship's diary two words only: "Abandon ship!".

Funchal is now under surveillance by the Lisbon harbour private security.

Her future is as uncertain as ever.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2013, 01:33:57 pm »

Thanks 'jdap', sad times indeed!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 07:35:00 pm »

Princess Daphne which was under charter to Ambiente in Germany but following arrest in Souda Greece the charter by Ambiente was cancelled .Following this the charter of Delphin fell through and crew were slowly paid then released.Something along the lines must be going on as Athena has a scheduled arrival to Cobh Cork in June this year.Hope something good will happen as they are all up to standard minus Funchal.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2013, 11:11:42 am »

BREAKING NEWS!

Just heard on the radio this morning that CIC has sold its fleet, including Funchal, and that the new owner is already working on putting them to sea.

Who that is, I still do not know.

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More news:

The buyer is a Portuguese entrepreneur. He seems to be buying only 4 ships, those arrested in Marseille and in Bar, plus Funchal.

http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/503/economia---negocios/rui-alegre-paquete-funchal-paquetes-barcos-classic-international-cruises-cruzeiros/1417381-6379.html
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013, 12:43:14 pm »

The buyer quoted in your link is Portuguese entrepreneur Rui Alegre - the source is the seller, the CIC creditor mutual bank Montepio Geral. 

Alegre is involved with Grupo Amorim, which is widening its investment sectors, though Amorim may not be involved in this project.
http://www.amorim.com/en/gru_apresentacao.php
He is vice-chairman of the part of Grupo Amorim that is involved with investments outside its core business of cork production.

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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2013, 05:00:13 pm »

What happens with Princess Daphne this article only mentions Arion Funchal Princess Danae and Athena
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2013, 05:18:24 pm »

What happens with Princess Daphne this article only mentions Arion Funchal Princess Danae and Athena

Obviously it's not part of the deal, so who knows. You'll have to wait for further news, like the rest of us

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2013, 05:40:28 pm »

What happens with Princess Daphne this article only mentions Arion Funchal Princess Danae and Athena

Obviously it's not part of the deal, so who knows. You'll have to wait for further news, like the rest of us

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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2013, 05:51:19 pm »

PRINCESS DAPHNE remains under the ownership of the Potamianos brothers Alexander and Emilios following a recent deal with bank Montepio Geral, CIC main creditor. They closed the former CIC Lisbon office but have retained the company's office in Piraeus. They got also several million euros from the bank with P DAPHNE...

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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2013, 06:23:16 pm »

So they still own her  Huh
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 01:25:22 am »

Yes the PRINCESS DAPHNE is now their only ship...
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