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| posted on 27-6-2008 at 22:12
The shocking speed of events.... A summary of what has happened this year.
Shocking speed of events
+++ JANUARY +++
16.01.2008 GTS FINNJET is renamed DA VINCI
25.01.2008 DA VINCI left Freeport, Bahamas, after 1,5 years of layup
+++ FEBRUARY +++
07.02.2008 DA VINCI arrived at Gibraltar for Refueling
11.02.2008 DA VINCI left Gibraltar for Genoa
18.02.2008 DA VINCI arrived at Genoa, Italy for refurbishment
+++ MARCH +++
~13.03.2008 Members of crew say the ship will be sold as Casino ship
~14.03.2008 Club Cruise says it will not generate income with DA VINCI this year yet
+++ APRIL +++
01.04.2008 DA VINCI is offered for charter as a hotel ship
+++ MAY +++
02.05.2008 First news about Finnjet to be scrapped
05.05.2008 Serious sources confirm the ship was sold to the Read Sea (Jason/Jeckon International S.A?) for scrap
08.05.2008 DA VINCI got a oneway class certificate to sail to India
10.05.2008 DA VINCI left Genoa for Port Said (Suez Canal)
15.05.2008 HS reports that Finnjet might find buyers for mediterranean or red sea ferry traffic
16.05.2008 DA VINCI arrived at Port Said, with crossing of the Suez Canal on the following day.
~20.05.2008 DA VINCI arrived at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
20.05.2008 Espoo City Council members propose the city to buy the ship
~22.05.2008 DA VINCI was renamed KINGDOM and registered under Panama Flag with Homeport Panama.
~24.05.2008 Originally planned departure from Jeddah to Alang was postponed by about one week due to saving plans in Finland
26.05.2008 Business men from Turku plan to save the ship in Turku
27.05.2008 DNV surveys of the ship's radio equipment and further short term classes issued in Jeddah
~31.05.2008 KINGDOM left Jeddah for Alang
+++ JUNE +++
~04.06.2008 KINGDOM arrived at Aden, Yemen for refueling
06.06.2008 Some Finnish company bidded
07.06.2008 KINGDOM left Aden, Yemen for Alang, India
13.06.2008 KINGDOM arrived at Alang, India
19.06.2008 KINGDOM was beached in Alang, Rishi Ship Breakers plot 109 on own power
04.07.2008 During high tide, KINGDOM was supposed to be towed further on the beach for final dismantling, but the towing chains broke.
27.07.2008 A new deadline that was set by the breaker, however negotiations are going on with the ship still remaining untouched.
+++ AUGUST +++
21.08.2008 ProFinnjet (Johnny Sid) sends a team of three ex Finnjet-crew members to Alang, to see what the ships' condition really is.
+++ SEPTEMBER +++
12.09.2008 It is reported that breaking work has begun.
Scrapping the vessel will take about 8-12 months according to Rishi Ship Breakers.
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