Tragedy strikes during the attempt to right the listing former “Love Boat” PACIFIC PRINCESS at a Turkish scrapyard.
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Selim San reports from Aliaga that two workers were killed and another six injured by asphyxiation from gas exhaust during efforts to pump the flooded engine room of the listing ACIF (ex SEA VENTURE, PACIFIC PRINCESS, PACIFIC). The famed ship took on water during her tow from Genoa by the tug IZMIR BULL to Aliaga where she was beached on August 6 with the aid of two additional tugs.
MV PACIFIC Engine Room, bottom level. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2012.
Salvage is still underway to right the dangerously listing vessel which is now “under jurisdiction”. No scrapping permit will be issued until the ship is righted.
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.
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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