During the first week of January, 2021 the 2015 built offshore supply ship VOS CHABLIS entered Piombino Port to tow the cruise liner COSTA VICTORIA towards Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.
As reported last June, 2020 which Costa Crociere confirmed that the ownership of COSTA VICTORIA was transferred to a subsidiary of the Genoese company San Giorgio del Porto – our article – https://maltashipnews.com/2020/06/18/cruise-liner-news-costa-victoria-sold-15-06-2020/
As a liner COSTA VICTORIA was the last ship in the fleet conceived before Costa joined the Carnival group. She was built by the German shipyard Bremer Vulkan which failed during the order, so much so that her sister ship COSTA OLYMPIA was never completed with Costa Crociere livery. The incomplete hull of the latter was then purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line which completed her as NORWEGIAN SKY in 1999.
As it normally happens when a ship is heading for scrap name is changed and her name was changed to St VICTORIA.
On Wednesday 13th January,2021 at 1034 hrs UTC VOS CHABLIS arrived alongside the liner for preparations –
At 1232 hrs UTC towage left Piombino Anchorage bound to Aliaga, Turkey –
On Sunday 17th January, 2021 at 1900 hrs towage was spotted 35 nm off Vibo Valentia sheltering from rough weather conditions.
On Monday 18th January, 2021 towage passed through Messina Straits and at 1740 hrs she was spotted south of Italy underway to Aliaga, Turkey doing a speed of 4.9 knots still giving ETA of 24th January.
On Thursday 21st January, 2021 at 1540 hrs she was spotted south of Greece doing a speed of 5.8 knots still giving ETA of 24th January.
On the morning of Sunday 24th January, 2021 around 1043 hrs VOS CHABLIS was spotted at Aliaga Anchorage.
And later on in the evening at 1745 hrs she was spotted doing only 2.1 knots off Aliaga Anchorage
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Published – Sunday 24th January 2021.