Updated– Scrapbound Ex NORDIC PRINCE Runs Aground

December 16 Update: Philippine sources report that the VICTORY PACIFIC (ex NORDIC PRINCE) is aground 150 meters from shore at Sarangani Bay off General Santos City at the southern tip of Mindinao Island in the Philippines. The area, also known as Barangay Bula, is populated with “informal settlers” and the Philippine Coast Guard has expressed its concerns that the ship may continue to wash further ashore, threatening homes.

The VICTORY PACIFIC was purchased by Indian scrappers and left Mexico in November with a crew of 21 Indian nationals. She apparently ran low on fuel while crossing the Pacific and detoured to General Santos City for bunkers but went adrift before reaching the destination. The ship’s owners have promised to begin work to remove the ship immediately.

According to the Maritime Bulletin, the 1971-buil VICTORY PACIFIC (ex NORDIC PRINCE, CAROUSEL, AQUAMARINE, ARIELLE, AQUAMARINE, OCEAN STAR PACIFIC) has run aground off General Santos City in Southern Mindanao, Philippines.  The ship (which was disabled by fire off Huatulco, Mexico on a cruise for her last owners under the name OCEAN STAR PACIFIC in April 2011 and subsequently laid up) was reportedly sold for scrap several months ago.  There have been a number of conflicting reports about the VICTORY PACIFIC’s location and status in recent weeks but prevailing wisdom is that she was en route to the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.

A princely AQUAMARINE at Santorini.
The VICTORY PACIFIC, shown as Louis Cruises AQUAMARINE at Santorini in 2010.  Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

On December 12, as the ship was headed to General Santos City for bunkers, she ran out of fuel, went adrift and grounded.

The 23, 149-gt, 1,231 passenger ship was the second built for Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Meanwhile, DISCOVERY (ex ISLAND PRINCESS, HYUNDAI PUNGAK, PLATINUM) was beached at Alang for scrapping under the name AMEN on December 7.

With Special Thanks To Hans Hoffman.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

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."
Peter Knego
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