The 'John F. Kennedy' of the Staten Island Ferry fleet, which completed its final trip in August 2021, after spending over five decades of service, is now listed for public auction for a reduced price of $125,000. The vessel, on the auction block until Jan. 19, 2022, was initially listed for $250,000 by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. As of Jan 16, there have been no bids. While the hull remains in good condition, the sip has been listed in poor condition due to mechanical issues of the propulsion, and is being sold in an “as is” and “where is” condition. Prior to its retirement, the 'John F. Kennedy' was the oldest remaining boat in the Staten Island Ferry’s active fleet and the first Staten Island Ferry with diesel-electric propulsion machinery.
Cash buyers have emerged as the auction victors of the 'Oriental Dragon' that was sold via a sealed tender auction in Malaysia during October. With its demise imminent, she becomes the 28th cruiseship sold for recycling since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. Collectively these demolition deals have removed 1.19m gross tons of capacity from the cruise sector The High Court of Malaya Kuala Lumpur’s Admiralty Division has revealed that the vessel was sold for $4.9m, which equates to $516 per ldt. The vessel's ownership, according to IHS Markit data, was recently changed to Virna Maritime Corp, a Mumbai-based entity that has served as a holding company for the ownership of several scrap-bound vessels. Machtrans, an Indian company that specializes in last-voyage deliveries, has taken over as technical manager of the ship, which has had its name shortened to 'Dragon'. An onward sale to yards on the Indian subcontinent is being lined up.
There are currently three old cruise ships at Colombo anchorage waiting for their last voyage to the scrapping yard in Alang, India: ORIENTAL DRAGON, CENTURY HARMONY, FUJI. Full article + photo galleries: https://www.cruisedeck.de/3-alte-cruise-liner-in-warteposition-zur-verschrottung/
After more than two years of lay up in Emden, the former German bunker tanker 'Süllberg' left the port on Dec 23 after having been renamed 'JS Gratitude', flying the flag of Panama, en route to Lome/Togo, with an ETA as of Jan 15, 2022.
The 'Olympus'is to be auctioned due to unpaid debts to a fuel company. The auction is on Jan 26, 2022. Regarding the price, the ship was estimated at 600,000 Euros and the first offer is defined as 2/3 of the estimate amount, ie 400,000 Euros.