SAGA ROSE at Piraeus. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2009.
After Saga Holiday’s recently retired MV SAGA ROSE (ex SAGAFJORD) was last reported bound for Walvis Bay, Namibia, she disappeared from AIS detection shortly after passing Mauritania off the western coast of Africa. The ship did not turn up in Walvis Bay, however, and is now well south of Cape Town and listed on AIS as “on sea trials” with a destination of Port Elizabeth. With thanks to the forum Cruising Talk for the update.
Saga Holidays remains silent about where the ship is headed and has not released any sort of official statement about the ship’s possible charter or sale. Originally, the vessel was to have been sold to West African interests to become an accommodation ship following her retirement last December. Since that deal fell through, there were rumors of another operator purchasing or chartering the ship and the ever-present possibility that she would be sold for scrap. At present, there is no confirmation of her purchase by any shipbreaking entities based at Alang.