16 Mar 2022 // 2 minute read
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Delphin Sold to Turkish Breakers
The small cruise ship Delphin, abandoned in Croatia for 6 years, will be dismantled in Aliaga, after the auction on March 4th ended with only one satisfactory offer, by Turkish scrap dealers. Delphin was until recently abandoned near the shipyards of Rijeka, Croatia, after the bankruptcy of its last operator left it there. As a way of recovering part of the amount owed by the operator to the shipyard, the shipyard auctioned the ship on March 4, using a closed letter system, with the highest and most satisfactory offer being made by a breaker from Aliaga, a scrap dealer which in recent years has been responsible for the disappearance of several cruise ships, most notoriously in 2020 and 2021, after the outbreak of the pandemic.
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With its last operator, Passat Kreuzhfarten, Delphin was an assiduous visitor to many european ports and islands. Delphin was built as the Belorrusiya in 1975, with sister-ships Azerbaizhan, Gruziya, Kazakhstan and Kareliya. Now, with the Delphin sold for scrap, the same fate took Kazakhstan (last name Island Adventure) in 2011 and Kareliya (last name Starry Metropolis) in 2021. Azerbaizhan (last name Enchanted Capri) is being dismantled on a beach in Mexico, where it accidentally ran aground after a storm, while, ironically, it was being towed for scrap. Finally, Gruziya (current name Salamis Filoxenia) was sold earlier this year to a buyer in the Middle East, more specifically in Dubai as previously reported by us.
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