Encounter between Venezuelan warship and cruise ship


Aristide

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You cant make this up...

In last weeks and months bancrupt communist Venezuela repeatedly hijacked several merchant ships and collected ransom.

Looks like they picked the wrong target this time.

On one side the RCGS Resolute (ex-Hanseatic of HAPAG now owned by Columbia Line based in Hamburg). A rather small 8000 ton vessel used for highend luxury expedition cruises

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On the other side the venezuelean war ship Naiguata, worth 100 million $ and delivered from spain to Venezuela in 2011

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The Resolute sailed in international waters when they got contacted by the venezuelan war ship to change course and enter Venezuealan waters.

As the captain of Resolute caleld headquarters in Hamburg to inform them about that...the Venzuealeans opened fire on the unanrmed passenger ship and rammed it at a 135° angle at her bow in an attempt to push her bow towards Venezuela...and this was a fatal mistake.

Resolute has the highest ice class and makes expeditions to artic and antarctic. Her entire hull is made of reinforced high density steel. As the war ship impacted...Resolutes bow ripped the Naiguata open.

Resolute waited over an hour and offered support but got no response. It was then ordered by dutch owned Curacao to steam ahead to Curacao. Thew crew of Naiguata was saved but the 100 million warship sunk.

Resolute only got minor damage and reached Curacao for repairs.

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The mad bus driver Maduro in Caracas is foaming and speaks about a terrorist act.

how idiotic is this xD this banana republic wants capture a harmless cruise ship, sends a war ship...wants to act tough, rams it...and sinks itself.


Resolute is only the 3rd passenger liner in history that sunk a war ship.

1. Was RMS Olympic ( sister of Titanic)
2. was the Queen Mary which rammed a canadian cruiser during WW II by accident
3. is now Resolute

Always sail save and stay...resolute!

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I like the looks of her...at least shes got a little style to her unlike many of the big box cruise ships they have been building lately. I'm surprised somebody hasn't take him out. I thought for sure there would have been a little praetorian guard action by now.
 

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I like the looks of her...at least shes got a little style to her unlike many of the big box cruise ships they have been building lately. I'm surprised somebody hasn't take him out. I thought for sure there would have been a little praetorian guard action by now.
What? You mean take Maduro out?
 
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What? You mean take Maduro out?
Yes...him and his regime have ruined a once thriving country. Highest standard of living country in South America a few short years ago. A beautiful country. Now the people are scrambleing for food and medicine.
 

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Yes...him and his regime have ruined a once thriving country. Highest standard of living country in South America a few short years ago. A beautiful country. Now the people are scrambleing for food and medicine.
Loosing a 100 Million € warship for such plunder wont help either
 
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Not sure what you mean Steven? I guess you mean the cruise ship, but if she did have a double hull - which I doubt - it wouldn't have come into play here.
What is interesting is why a flimsy patrol craft would deliberately try and hit a passenger vessel (and who ordered it to do so and why) and equally why a Hamburg registered passenger vessel would ram a warship which should easily be able to get out of the way. Look forward to more info on this odd situation!
 
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Yes I meant the cruise ship. She has a reinforced hull/bow for sailing in icy seas. Her hull is beefed up for ice as she goes on cruises to the antarctic. They rammed her repeatably trying to force her to into Venezuelan waters. She was in international waters. This isn't the first time they've done this. I'm glad their ship got deep sixed. F em.
 
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Yes, there are a few misleading items in the article that I found on looking the ship up! Unsurprising as the world's press knows little about ships in general...
She's actually Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super, which is for the Baltic area and equivalent to the Classification Societies lowest class 7. I therefore don't reckon she has a double hull, and they are not mentioned in any of the ice or polar classes. Also the registration in Hamburg which is erroneous - actually Madeira, which is Portuguese.
Seems like the patrol craft didn't realise there was an ice-strengthened bow under the water, and more or less ran aground on it.
I visited Venezuela many times when I was at sea, and really liked the place and its people. On discovering oil in vast quantities it looked like the future of the nation was secure - until the reverse happened, exacerbated by the OPEC attempt to collapse the US shale industry, which didn't happen (now Saudi are trying the same thing in the midst of a pandemic). I do feel sorry for Venezuelans in general, for what could have been...
 
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Yes, there are a few misleading items in the article that I found on looking the ship up! Unsurprising as the world's press knows little about ships in general...
She's actually Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super, which is for the Baltic area and equivalent to the Classification Societies lowest class 7. I therefore don't reckon she has a double hull, and they are not mentioned in any of the ice or polar classes. Also the registration in Hamburg which is erroneous - actually Madeira, which is Portuguese.
Seems like the patrol craft didn't realise there was an ice-strengthened bow under the water, and more or less ran aground on it.
I visited Venezuela many times when I was at sea, and really liked the place and its people. On discovering oil in vast quantities it looked like the future of the nation was secure - until the reverse happened, exacerbated by the OPEC attempt to collapse the US shale industry, which didn't happen (now Saudi are trying the same thing in the midst of a pandemic). I do feel sorry for Venezuelans in general, for what could have been...
Thanks for the info. Like I said earlier I like the looks of her. From what I read it sounds like she provides a better cruise experiance than most of the other liners. I'm sure you would have to open your wallet more but if its worth who cares right? Venezuela could bounce back if they dump that commie regime there. She has huge reserves of oil and the oil companies are lined up waiting for the opputunity to go back there. The govt there still has the army behind them so it would be tough. They are basically a bunch of drug deaders and money launderers. In the old days the CIA would have arranged a tragic hunting accident for Maduro but now I guess were civilized...:p
 

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Ha ha! The US is into regime change as we all know (providing it's a non-nuclear country of course), but they should leave Venezuela to sort itself out - as it will in time.
 

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