The collapse into administration last year of UK-based Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) has now resulted in a third vessel that was previously in its fleet finding no buyers willing to keep it going as a cruise ship. Instead it is heading for the scrap yard.
Magellan (IMO 8217881), built in 1985 for Carnival Cruise Lines, left anchorage near Oman in the Persian Gulf early this under the names Mages. It was heading east to India, where it was expected to arrive by the end of the week.
The 46,000 gt Magellan, which accommodated 1,400 passengers. had been sailing for the past five years for CMV. Thad been the start of an effort to modernize the CMV operation that later saw the company obtain additional ships from Carnival Corporation. It was laid up in Bristol, UK, along with the other CMV cruise ships, when the cruise industry paused operations in the spring of 2020. The Magellan was the only one of the cruise ships having sailed for CMV that was not detained for safety violations by the UK authorities, but it too was sold at auction last year.
The Magellan was acquired by the Greek company Seajets for just over $3.4m, a substantial discount to what its market value would have been pre-pandemic. The Magellan left the UK in December, first stopping at Malta and then heading through the Suez Canal to the Persian Gulf. At the time it was put about that Seajets was hoping to use the vessel as an accommodation ship. Seajets has bought cruise ships from Carnival Corporation as well as the Columbus, which previously sailed for CMV. Seajets reportedly sold Magellan for a profit to the Indian scrappers, having been unable to find a charter for the vessel.
Two other ships auctioned off after the downfall of CMV have been sold for scrap – the other two being the 20,000 gt Astor (IMO 8506373), built in 1987, scrapped in Turkey, and the iconic 1965-built Marco Polo (IMO 6417097), which reached India at the start of the year.
1985-built, Bahamas-flagged, 46,052 gt Magellan was last registered as owned by Wanda Services Ltd care of manager Eaglepower Shipping Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus.
1987-built, Bahamas-flagged, 20,704 gt Astor is listed by Equasis as owned by BMS Gemi Geri Donusum care of International Maritime Services of Piraeus, Greece.
1965-built, Bahamas-flagged, 22,080 gt Marco Polo is listed by Equasis as owned and managed by Highseas Ltd SVC of St Vincent & The Grenadines.