The 'Prime South', which was arrested in Singapore due to oil theft on Jan 8, 2018, has been sold for 4.3 million Dollars at an auction. The Singapore Police force had seized the vessel on suspicion of the vessel having received stolen marine gas oil from the Shell refinery in Pulau Bukom. Investigations then revealed that between 2017 and 2018, the vessel had received stolen marine gas oil estimated to be worth around 7.1 million Dollars, from the refinery. As of July 30, 2021, the tanker remained moored in pos. 01° 17.90' N 103° 45.39' E.
The 'Marittima' is being converted into a floating wine bar, wine cellar and gathering place with a permanent mooring at Nykøbing's new waterfront. Behind the project is the local wine merchant Jes Joning and a circle of investors. The rebuilding will start in July 2021 at Ring-Andersen's wooden shipyard in Svendborg. Before, the ship has been sailing in the Wadden Sea, on the Copenhagen-Malmö route, on the the Flensburg Fjord, in Lübeck, Travemünde, Glücksborg, Warnemünde, Kühlungsborn and the Canary Islands for ten different shipping companies and operators. Due to the corona pandemic, the 'Marittima' was taken out of service as an excursion ship at Travemünde. The ship has a German approval for sailing until June 2022. In the upcoming wine bar 'Vinoteque Marittima' there is room for 80-100 people.
On July 25 it was announced that the 'Astoria' will be refitted for further cruise service after having been sold to the same consortium of five high net-worth individuals from the US who in January acquired the cruise ship 'Funchal' at auction which were previously operated in the fleet of Lisbon-based Portuscale Cruises until it became insolvent in 2015. Teamson Lda, which became the registered owner of the 'Funchal' in April, has sent the ship to Naval Rocha Shipyards near Lisbon for a two-month dry-docking. The 'Astoria' will be towed to Lisbon from its current lay-up moorings in Rotterdam, after which it will also undergo an extensive refit at Naval Rocha. The 'Funchal' will be converted into a luxury boutique hotel that will be docked in Lisbon. The 'Astoria' will be used to operate cruises from Lisbon to Portugal’s island territories in the Atlantic.
The state of Alaska is trying to dispose of the 'Malaspina' and even has offered to give it free to the government of the Philippines. Gov. Mike Dunleavy offered to give the ferry away in a letter to the Philippines consul general in San Francisco dated May 20, 2021. He be willing to provide the vessel to the Philippine government or to a private ferry company in the Philippines free of charge. The state Department of Transportation has estimated it would cost up to $45 million to overhaul the ferry, including installing new engines. The state is paying about $450,000 a year to keep it in storage, prompting the Dunleavy administration to dispose of it. There was only tepid interest in buying the ferry, matching the struggles the state experienced in disposing of three other ferries recently. If the state were to sell the 'Malaspina', Falvey said at the time, it would be put out to sealed bids. But if the ferry is given to another government, procurement rules would not normally apply. The offer to give the ferry to a private ferry company would normally not be allowed. There had been no response from the Philippines consul general in San Francisco. Its chief diplomat will visit Juneau in July, but as part of the consul general’s normal outreach to Filipino citizens in Alaska. It it not a ferry fact-finding mission.
7/2021 Sold, renamed PUNTA FEWELL, flag Sierra Leone