The covid cruise ship graveyard: Passenger liners are stripped for scrap at Turkish dock after the multi-billion pound industry was smashed by the coronavirus crisis


  • Cruise ships were home to the some of the earliest clusters of COVID-19 as it spread around the world
  • US authorities have issued a no-sail order on cruises and the multi-billion pound industry has been hammered
  • But business is booming for a ship scrapyard in Turkey which has welcomed five colossal cruise ships 
  • One of them, the Carnival Fantasy operated by Carnival Cruise Line, had only just been refurbished last year
  • On Friday, workers were seen taking apart the vessels, some with their pools and mini golf course still visible

 

Cruise ships from Britain and the United States are being scrapped at a Turkish dock after the multi-billion pound industry was smashed by the coronavirus crisis.

The coronavirus cruise liner graveyard at the port in Aliaga, a town 30 miles north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast, bustled with work again on Friday as scrapyard workers stripped walls, windows and railings from five vessels.  

Cruise ships were home to the some of the earliest clusters of COVID-19 as the pandemic spread globally early this year.

In March, U.S. authorities issued a no-sail order for all cruise ships that remains in place, and many other countries, including the United Kingdom, have issued specific advice against travelling on the vessels.

One of the five ships in the scrapyard is the Carnival Fantasy formerly operated by the American giant Carnival Cruise Line. The vessel took her maiden voyage in 1990 and had only just been refurbished last year. 

In July, Carnival Corporation's CEO Arnold Donald revealed that it would remove 13 ships from its fleets in 2020. Donald insisted that the scrapping be referred to as 'recycling.'

 

Five luxury cruise ships are seen being broken down for scrap metal at the Aliaga ship recycling port, 30 miles north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast. On Friday, dozens of workers stripped walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels in the dock

 

Crazy golf courses and drained swimming pools are seen in four cruise ships in the scrapyard in Turkey as the multi-billion pound industry languishes in the coronavirus pandemic

 

Five luxury cruise ships are seen being broken down for scrap metal at the Aliaga ship recycling port in Turkey. With the global coronavirus pandemic pushing the multi-billion dollar cruise industry into crisis, some cruise operators have been forced to cut losses and retire ships earlier than planned

 

Five colossal cruise ships in the Turkish scrapyard on Friday. The cruise industry has been one of the hardest hit industries with public confidence in cruise holidays plummeting after a series of outbreaks occurred on cruise liners as the pandemic spread. The crisis however has bolstered the years intake of ships at the Aliaga ship recycling port with business up thirty percent on the previous year.

 

Business is booming for the ship recycling industry in Aliaga, a town 30 miles north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast

Three more ships are set to join those already being dismantled.

Before the pandemic, Turkey's ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships, Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists' association, told Reuters.

'But after the pandemic, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a very significant way,' he said of the town.

'There was growth in the sector due to the crisis. When the ships couldn't find work, they turned to dismantling.

Onal said some 2,500 people worked at the yard in teams that take around six months to dismantle a full passenger ship.

The vessels arrived from Britain, Italy and the United States.

The shipyard aims to increase the volume of dismantled steel to 1.1 million tonnes by the end of the year, from 700,000 tonnes in January, he said.

'We are trying to change the crisis into an opportunity,' he said.

Even the ships' non-metal fittings do not go to waste as hotel operators have come to the yard to buy useful materials, he added.


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The covid cruise ship graveyard: Passenger liners are stripped for scrap at Turkish dock after the multi-billion pound industry was smashed by the coronavirus crisis The covid cruise ship graveyard: Passenger liners are stripped for scrap at Turkish dock after the multi-billion pound industry was smashed by the coronavirus crisis Reviewed by PostDiscus on October 04, 2020 Rating: 5

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