SAGA RUBY’s final departure from Southampton Docks. Photo © Si Newall Jan 10, 2014
OASIA (ex SAGA RUBY) departing Gibraltar February 15, 2014. Photo courtesy George Gaggero
Update from Peter Newall February 15.
OASIA departs Gibraltar bound for Suez.
Update from Peter Newall February 7.
The new managers of OASIA are FleetPro (http://www.fleetpro-psm.com/fleet/ocean). The company has been consultants to the new owners Millennium View Ltd. since August last year and has been involved in the purchase contract and preparing condition survey reports. It is encouraging to note that despite her new role as a hotel ship she will be fully classed and registered as a cruise ship. She is due to leave Gibraltar on Monday bound for Phuket, Thailand via the Suez Canal. The voyage should take about three weeks.
Update from Peter Newall February 3.
The latest from Gibraltar is that she has been named OASIA (and not OASIS) and is now registered in the Bahamas. If this is correct, her name may be connected with the Oasia Hotel in Singapore which is owned by Far East Hospitality a large property company in Singapore. This may be good news as the company has a number of properties in Asia.
Update from Peter Newall January 29, 2014. “It appears that she will be handed over to her new owners on Friday. Her dry dock work has been completed and this included her cabins and engines and I assume the faulty generator which caused the cancellation of the Caribbean segment of her final cruise. Her new name is believed to be OASIS and she is expected to leave Gibraltar around the 6th or 7th of February. More news when I receive it”
Media reports point to the sale of SAGA RUBY as finalized for use as a floating hotel in Myanmar.
Built on the Tyne in 1973 by Swan Hunter, as VISTAFJORD, she was the last passenger ship ordered by Norwegian America Line and the sole survivor of a quartet of iconic liners built after the Second World War. She is also the last large British-built, operational passenger ship and the longest lasting passenger ship in the history of British shipbuilding still in original condition and with her original engines.
SAGA RUBY was retired by Saga Cruises, ending her final cruise at Southampton on January 9th. She sailed the following day for Gibraltar and an unknown future. The sale is reported at $14 million and the buyer, Millennium View Ltd, an affiliate of a private equity fund from in Singapore. ISP, (International Shipping Partners), is expected to manage the ship.
(Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, often called shortened to Myanmar is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. One third of Burma’s total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 miles) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Burma’s population is over 60 million).
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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