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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Famous Laid up Cruise Ship Qing Sinks After Monsoon (ex Atlantic, StarShip Atlantic, MSC Melody)

The cruise ship Qing, after years of lay-up at the Western Shipyard Limited at Mormugao Harbour in Vasco, Goa, India, began taking on water during a monsoon on June 29, 2016, The ship, which was sold to Sahra India Pariwar in 2013, was supposed to be converted into a hotel and casino. The conversion work was stalled when the local authorities would not issue a license for the operation.

The Qing remained idle at the ship yard for 3 years, with a skeleton crew overseeing the ship. It is believed that water entered the vessel as a result of the monsoon. As the ship began to take on water, the supervisory crew abandoned the ship, leaving doors open to the elements. These open doors eventually led to the ship filling with water and the ship's hull sitting squarely on the shallow seabed.

Operations are underway to re-float the vessel, but it is expected that the vessel will be sold to breakers and make the short trip across the gulf to the shores of Alang, India for scrapping.

The Qing was built in 1982 for Home Lines as the m/v Atlantic. She was very popular on the New York to Bermuda Route. The ship also operated under the Premier Cruises Banner as the StarShip Atlantic offering 3 and 4 day cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Private Island. Just before becoming Qing, she operated as MSC Cruises' MSC Melody sailing cruises throughout the Mediterranean and sailing from South Africa in the off season.

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