Plans are moving ahead with the conversion of the DOULOS PHOS into a hotel on the Indonesian island of Bintan. The ship was moved from a shipyard on the nearby island of Batam to its new permanent home near Bintan’s Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal.
This weekend, the process of hauling DOULOS PHOS onto a large promontory of reclaimed land next door to the ferry terminal began. Giant winches were pulling cables attached to the ship, which will ride up a gentle slope on top of industrial-strength airbags.
The process is being professionally managed and the ship is expected to be positioned in its final resting place in about two weeks from now.
Extensive structural work has been carried out on the DOULOS PHOS in a dry dock before she was moved to Bintan.
A full refurbishment of the interiors to provide 100 hotel rooms will begin soon.
The DOULOS PHOS is a joint venture between BizNaz Resources, which has been the ship’s owner since it was withdrawn from active service in 2010, and Bintan Resorts International, a hotel development company that owns and operates several large resort properties on a stretch of coastline close to where the DOULOS PHOS is now docked.
Bintan is located across the Singapore Strait from Singapore and can be reached via an hour-long journey by fast ferry.
The DOULOS PHOS was built in 1914 as the general cargo ship MEDINA for Mallory Steamship Company’s U.S. East Coast to Gulf of Mexico service at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.
After the Second World War, the ship was sold to Italian interests to become the migrant ship ROMA but very quickly thereafter was sold to Costa and rebuilt as the FRANCA C. The ship gave Costa decades of dependable service, first as a transatlantic liner and later as a cruise ship.
In its last decades of service, the ship operated as Operation Mobilization’s DOULOS as a missionary ship and floating bookstore.
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