Cruise ship scrapping booms!

Cruise ship-breaking booms in Turkey after pandemic scuttles sector

Cruise ships await scrapping in Turket

Thanks to the blog’s resident nautical expert Jaime, for a link to a report that Aliaga, Turkey seems the favoured resting place for cruise ships – the picture shows three Carnival vessels wedged in with 2 Pulmantur ships

Olsen’s Boudicca is heading that way as we speak and Black Watch is soon to follow – an authoritative website reports that they are initially to provide accommodation for the scrapyard workers before they too face the executioner’s “gas axe “ when space becomes available – a little like the condemned man having to build his own gallows!!

Reuters report that “business is booming at a sea dock in western Turkey, where five hulking cruise ships are being dismantled for scrap metal sales after the COVID-19 pandemic all but destroyed the industry,” the head of a ship recyclers’ group said on Friday.

Cruise ships were home to the some of the earliest clusters of COVID-19 as the pandemic spread globally early this year. In March, U.S. authorities issued a no-sail order for all cruise ships that remains in place.

Reuters continues “dozens of workers stripped walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels in the dock in Aliaga, a town 45 km north of Izmir on Turkey’s west coast. Three more ships are set to join those already being dismantled”.

Before the pandemic, Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships, Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, told Reuters. “But after the pandemic, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a very significant way,” he said of the town. “There was growth in the sector due to the crisis. When the ships couldn’t find work, they turned to dismantling”.

Onal said some 2,500 people worked at the yard in teams that take around six months to dismantle a full passenger ship. The vessels arrived from Britain, Italy and the United States. The shipyard aims to increase the volume of dismantled steel to 1.1 million tonnes by the end of the year, from 700,000 tonnes in January, he said. “We are trying to change the crisis into an opportunity – even the ships’ non-metal fittings do not go to waste as hotel operators have come to the yard to buy useful materials”, he added.

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2 thoughts on “Cruise ship scrapping booms!”

  1. Impressive photo. When you think how much they cost to build I don’t know how the cruise companies can afford to scrap them. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just find a permanent mooring?

  2. It is sad seeing these lovely ships being dismantled. I know that they eventually reach an age where it would cost too much to bring them up-to-date, but many of the ships now being scrapped are quite young.


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