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« on: November 30, 2013, 11:24:11 pm »

the Laid-up cruise ship "Ocean Countess" is burning at the Chalkis-shipyard. here a Video:
http://www.schiffsjournal.de/feuer-auf-dem-kreuzfahrtschiff-ocean-countess/
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 02:29:39 am »

Sad to see the former CUNARD COUNTESS burning.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 09:39:35 am »

It is a curious thing that only a few days ago it had been announced that after a year of lay up the Ocean Countess would return to service in 2014. Then, the next thing one knows a fire breaks out on board. I'm getting overwhelming feelings of deja vu ..........!
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013, 11:04:21 am »

Well Clive she may or may not return to service as the extend of her damage is unknown. Who was meant to charter her ?Personally I hope she does return to service as she may have been old and small compared to the newer cruise ships but I really enjoyed getting to see her twice on her calls to Cobh Ireland.
I took the following photos of her in Cobh passing Glen Mor and Failte at the pilot station (outbound) last year and just finishing a 180 degree turn on arrival assisted by Gerry O Sullivan (Port of Cork tractor tug) at nightfall around a week later.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2013, 11:54:47 am »

I don't know who was going to be operating the ship next year. All that I'd heard was that she was going to be returned to service next year. The fact that there were men working aboard her when the fire broke out might have something to do with the fact that work was being done aboard to make her ready for a return to service.
If no employment could be found for her during this year, when she was in good condition and (as far as I know) well maintained, what possible chance can there be for her now in a fire-damaged condition. Photographs I have seen show the entire centre section of the ship engulfed by smoke. This does not bode well for any return to service.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 12:22:07 pm »

That makes me remember an old practice of "selling a ship to the insurance". She may head now to Aliaga. So many fine passenger ships have ended just this way, I particularly remember the magnificent PALLAS ATHENA..., but the list is long.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2013, 04:23:43 pm »

http://www.odin.tc/newsru/read.asp?articleID=2601
Here are new pictures of the fire. I think the ship is lost  Cry
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2013, 07:50:10 pm »

I wonder who will be first in the line now - breakers or some rich enthusiast who might have better plans for the poor ship?

Also, LOL @ some people who reupload their old shots of the ship to gain hits.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2013, 08:43:29 pm »

Denis, we ship enthusiasts may well be a bit crazy but why would anyone, particularly a very rich cruise ship enthusiast, feel motivated to pay out millions of ££££s or $$$$s to restore the Ocean Countess? She may well have been a perfectly OK small cruise ship, indeed, in this day and age of ever more ugly new ships she may well have had a certain charm - but worth saving? Dream on guys, this ship's next destination is the berth right next to what remains of the former Pacific Princess.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2013, 06:11:31 pm »

a (very sad) new picture of the "Ocean Countess". The ship is completely burning out!  Cry
http://gcaptain.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/20131202_121918_resized.jpg
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 05:39:45 pm »

Unfortunately but expected Ocean  Countess has been sold for scrap.
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