The 'RCGS Resolute' was sold at auction in Curacao for a slim $600,000 on June 22. The book value of the ship was previously said to have been in the $25 million range. It is also possible the buyer was the existing owner of the vessel, using the auction as a tool to clear any debts on the ship. It is unclear whether Venezuelan authorities will let the ship leave Curacao.
On April 8 Stena Line announced plans to permanently close the ferry route between Trelleborg and Sassnitz. The Stena Line and the German Works Council have now agreed and the route will be closed permanently. In total the closure and the reorganisation of the company will affect 130 German working positions. The 'Sassnitz', that was earlier operating the route, is currently laid up in the Port of Uddevalla. The vessel will be handed over to Stena RoRo and either be sold or chartered.
With reference to the announcement on Dec 25, 2019, where Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc declared the five-year purchase option on the 'Navig8 Aquamarine', the transaction was successfully completed. Following repayment of the bank debt on the vessel, the transaction will give net cash proceeds of about USD 9.7 million for Ocean Yield. The transaction is not expected to have any impact on the net results for Q2 2020. Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. has also exercised the five-year option for the vessel 'Navig8 Amessi'. The vessel is expected to be delivered towards the end of July 2020. The 'Navig8 Aquamarine' berthed at the Chengxi Shipyard Co. in Jinagyin on June 1.
Costa Crociere has sold the 'Costa Victoria' to the San Giorgio del Porto Group: the ship would have been sold to Genova Trasporti Marittimi, a company controlled by the Genoese shipyard. At the moment, no official mention has been made by the Carnival group company. Entering service in 1996, the vessel could still sail several years with another shipowner. But the coronavirus emergency reduced the chances of finding a buyer and forced her to end her adventure early. The hypotheses fo the future were the dismantling at a shipyard certified for demolitions following European regulations or its conversion into a floating hotel for the workers employed at the industrial sites managed by SGdP. In the meantime, the vesselshould be moved from Civitavecchia, where it has been laid up since May 25, 2020, to Piombino. If the first hypothesis were chosen, San Giorgio del Porto could carry out the preparatory operations for dismantling and then turn the ship to another shipyard; but it could also act on its own, being the only Italian industry certified for this type of operation as it demolished the 'Costa Concordia'. If it were decided to transform the ship into a accommodation vessel, the Marseille location where Costa and SGdP participate in the management of the Chantier Naval de Marseille would be privileged. The "Coasta Victoria" is the last ship in the fleet conceived before Costa joined the Carnival group.
The Port of Olympia is a step closer to becoming the owner of the former Washington state ferry 'Evergreen State' which has been moored at the port for two years. Greg Jones, the ferry’s owner who operates a business on the East Coast known as Jones Broadcasting, made his last payment to the port in early January 2020. The port later issued a notice of delinquency and seized the vessel on Feb. 25. Jones has until June 25 to pay the port about $32,000 for operations and labour. If the debt isn’t paid by June 25, the vessel is considered abandoned, and the port commission can authorize a public sale. If the ferry doesn’t sell, or it’s not removed from the premises, or if other arrangements aren’t made, the title of the vessel will revert to the port within 10 days of the public sale. The ferry arrived at the port in April 2018 for what was expected to be a two month layberth at the marine terminal, Faucher said. Instead, it became two years of inaction. The owner had periodic hiccups with payments to the port, but did pay the port about $80,000 through early January. Jones also tried to sell the vessel on eBay in early February, but that sale fell through.