The listing former “Love Boat” PACIFIC PRINCESS continues to take on water and is now close to capsizing at a Turkish scrapyard.
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All photos by and copyright Selim San 2013.
MV ACIF this morning, heeling to starboard at 45 degrees. Next to her, the partially dismantled former Soviet cruise ship ROCHDALE ONE (ex AYVAZOVSKY, CARINA, PRIMEXPRESS ISLAND). Photo and copyright Selim San 2013.
Selim San reports that ACIF (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS, PACIFIC) is now in danger of capsizing as the ship continues to hemorrhage at a scrapyard in Aliaga, Turkey.
MV ACIF listing dangerously to starboard at Aliaga.
The crippled vessel was towed from Genoa, Italy, arriving at the anchorage on August 6 and hurriedly beached the following day after taking on water during a storm. On Monday, two workers were killed and six injured by asphyxiation from gas exhaust due to a leaking sewage line during efforts to pump the flooded engine room.
San, who has been photographing doomed ships at Aliaga for decades, stated, “İ am afraid the ship will capsize soon! Already lying 40-45 degrees starboard and still taking water! Nobody on board — too dangerous!”
Updated: August 15, 2013. With special thanks to Selim San.
Peter Knego spent a day documenting the PACIFIC at Genoa in May of 2012. Click here to see what PACIFIC was like in her final days.
Video from “Aşk Gemisi artık hurda” of former PACIFIC PRINCESS arriving at Aliaga, Turkey.
Other passenger ships at Aliaga:
Meanwhile, the remains of MV LOPI and SS ANTIC (ex FAIRSKY, SKY PRINCESS, PACIFIC SKY, SKY WONDER, ATLANTIC STAR) are disappearing quickly.
This is what is currently left of the MV VENUS (ex SOUTHWARD, SEAWING, PERLA, RIO, etc.)
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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