- Nov 14, 2005
I guess double hulls really do work after all.
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.
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.
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...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...