Marco Polo in its hay days

UK cruise ships scarpped in the world’s largest ship graveyard

Marco Polo
Marco Polo
Marco Polo in its hay days
Marco Polo in its hay days
Breaking Marco Polo
Breaking Marco Polo

When Maritime voyages went into administration the liquidators in a distress sale without any concerns about the environmental impact, in search of recovery sold at auction Two British cruise ships the Marco Polo, the Magellan and three other cruise ship which were impounded and sold to settle the debts in November 2020. The Marco Polo built in the1960s was one of the world’s last surviving ocean cruise liners scheduled to take passengers to the Amazon and Norway this year, but sadly its final voyage was to the ship-breaking yards of the muddy beaches of Alang a town in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, off Mumbai coast in north-west India, referred to as the world’s largest ship graveyard. The longest ship ever built Seawise  Giant was sailed to and beached here for demolition in December 2009.

The ship was bought at auction for £2m by offshore company Highseas Ltd and was released from UK waters on the condition that it would be used for further trading. However, Highseas Ltd used to circumvent the law and said the cruise ship would be used as a floating hotel in Dubai, but two months after taking ownership of the Marco Polo, it was sold as scrap for around £4m. Highseas Ltd director Rishi Agrawal said it was always their intention the Marco Polo would be sold to new owners “ but regrettably, the intended buyers in Dubai refused to take delivery  and were forced to sell it as scrap to Anil Jain owner of Atam Manohar Ship Breakers Pvt Ltd.”

Marco Polo is the third cruise vessel to reach Alang in the last 50 days the first being mv Karnika, the second Ocean Dream which has been lying idle in Hiroshima, Japan, and expecting a fourth Grand Celebration in the coming weeks.

Other scrapped cruise ships include 

  1. American Glory
  2. Carnival Fantasy
  3. Carnival Imagination
  4. Carnival Jubilee
  5. Carnival Tropicale
  6. CMV Astor
  7. CMV Magellan
  8. Costa Concordia
  9. Costa Victoria
  10. Grand Celebration
  11. Lisboa
  12. Louis Aura
  13. Marella Celebration
  14. MS Adriana
  15. MSC Melody
  16. mv Discovery
  17. Ocean Gala
  18. Ocean Star Pacific
  19. Orient Queen
  20. Pacific Dawn
  21. Pacific Jewel
  22. Porto
  23. Pullmantur Monarch
  24. Pullmantur Sovereign
  25. Saga Ruby
  26. Thompson Spirit