P&O Ferries vessel arrives for scrap

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P&O Ferries’ PRIDE OF CANTERBURY arrived for scrapping at an EU-approved facility at Aliaga Turkey on 18 January.

Built as EUROPEAN PATHWAY, the vessel was renamed when converted to a full passenger ferry in 2003.  With P&O PIONEER in service and P&O LIBERTÉ currently on her delivery voyage from China to Europe, PRIDE OF CANTERBURY had no future in the company.

P&O Ferries say that they are committed to ensuring the life cycle of all vessels is handled safely and sustainably with a responsible and EU-compliant recycling and disposal process.

Meanwhile, another former P&O Ferries vessel that formed part of the same series of newbuilds has arrived back in European waters.  BLUE WAVE HARMONY arrived at Gibraltar on 24 January.  The former EUROPEAN SEAWAY is currently owned by Blue Wave Corp.  She operated a short-lived route from Costa Rica to El Salvador which started in August 2023 but only lasted a few months.  There is no news yet on if and how the vessel will be used in European waters.

Isles of Scilly newbuild contract signed

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The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG), has signed contracts with Brittany-based shipbuilder Piriou, for two new ships that will be delivered in 2026. Financed by Lombard, construction will begin in spring 2024.

The vessels ordered for the Penzance to St Mary’s service are a 600-seat passenger vessel, SCILLONIAN IV and a freight vessel. The new passenger ship will provide improved comfort, reliability and speed, whilst the new freight vessel will significantly improve cargo capacity.

The vessels will replace the 1977-built SCILLONIAN III and freighter GRY MARITHA from 1981.

Photo: Isles of Scilly Steamship Group

LIDER PRESTIJ (ex-Beniamino Carnevale) successfully towed from Italy to Turkey

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After a first attempt failed because the tug TEDY experienced a tow line break in high seas after departing from the port of Naples, LIDER PRESTIJ, built in 1992 and formerly known as BENIAMINO CARNEVALE, has now been successfully towed to Turkey.

Aegean Tugs Shipping Co. publicly announced that the AHT POTHITOS II – (65BP) completed the towing activity of the ro-ro LIDER PRESTIJ from Milazzo in Italy to Haydarpasa in Turkey.

The vessel was sold at auction by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione and acquired by Turkish interests for EUR 3.25 million.

Photo: Aegean Tugs Shipping Co.