August 30, 2010 UPDATE: The MAESTRO is now officially beached behind the remains of WINNER 5 (ex AUSONIA). MAESTRO will be cleared for breaking in a couple weeks, allowing WINNER’s demolition to be completed. Once that occurs, she will be dragged closer to the shore, stripped and cut down. Meanwhile, another Japanese-built ferry has arrived and breaking of PLATINUM II (ex INDEPENDENCE) off Gopnath has reportedly begun in situ. Scrap inspectors are looking at MONA LISA (ex KUNGSHOLM, etc.) but she is of only marginal interest with current steel prices and Alang already almost at capacity.
The 1966-built MAESTRO (ex RENAISSANCE, HOMERIC RENAISSANCE, WORLD RENAISSANCE, AWANI DREAM, GRAND VICTORIA, BLUE MONARCH), which has been anchored off Mumbai for the past couple months in the hope of being resold for further trading, will be beached on or about Tuesday, August 10. The former Paquet ship, the last true French-built passenger ship for a French line, will be run ashore at Alang’s plot 141, ironically, the same plot where the WINNER 5, the half-demolished former AUSONIA, one of the last true Italian-built liners for an Italian line, currently rests.
The two ships, casualties of stringent new SOLAS regulations, were recently covered in detailed Sea Treks postings:
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."