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  • M/V Doulos, ex- S/S Medina,Roma,Franca.C

    I was in Philppines in january this year and was so lucky to come onboard a ex cruise ship :



    M/V Doulos was buildt in 1914 for Mallory Steamship co,USA...in 1952 she was sold to Giacoma Fu Andrea ( Linea Costa ) In 1977 she was sold to Doulos LTD,Valletta Malta and still sailing as M/V Doulos....Next year she will be sold for scrap and they are searching for a replace ship.....

  • #2
    Thank you so much for opening a thread for this venerable old liner!

    Your image is really nice... especially with that blue sky in the background! She looks a bit regal I think.

    On the old forum, there are some images from the time when I saw her in Klong Toey just outside Bangkok earlier:

    ::: M.V. Doulos ::: A floating giant bookstore
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    • #3
      Youre welcome,it was realy a experience to come onboard and take a look

      Thanks for the link,there was many nice images,maybe you should move them in to this tread?
      I also found that MV Doulos was visit Bergen november 1984,that was the last time she visit in Norway......

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      • #4
        The Homepage is still running and updated:

        http://www.mvdoulos.org/

        Some beautiful pictures can also be seen on Faktaomfartyg:

        http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/doulos_1914_b_4.htm

        http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/doulos_1914_b_5.htm

        http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/doulos_1914_b_6.htm
        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        • #5
          In connection with another thread, I did some reading up on this fine and very old vessel. Shockingly, I also learned that she only has a very short time left to be in service.

          Doulos personnel and partners around the world are coming to terms with the news that the ship’s service will end on 31st December 2009. Until this week, the crew had hoped the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship could continue sailing until September 2010. But surveys by marine safety authorities confirmed major repairs are required to keep Doulos in service. Early estimates indicated this work would cost over €10 million.

          The organisation's executive leadership team and board believe that it is not appropriate to invest resources on this scale into the vessel, since Doulos would have a limited future.

          “This is not what any of us wanted and has serious consequences for everyone on board and the ports we planned to visit,” said CEO Peter Nicoll. Each person on Doulos will receive support and guidance as they consider their future steps.

          “We recognise God’s faithfulness through 32 years of wonderful service with more than 600 port visits in over 100 countries,” Peter Nicoll said. “We are deeply grateful to our partners around the world who have supported the ship through the years.”
          http://www.doulos.org/
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          • #6
            I spotted the Doulos alongside at what used to be Keppel Shipyard (now Keppel marina) in Singapore on Saturday, but didn't have a camera with me.

            She looked to be in good nick from a distance, but today there is a post on Maasmond Maritime newsletter stating that she is just awaiting her faith, whether the breakers of further trading.

            Fingers crossed.

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            • #7
              I noticed that too. She still looks OK... and I was surprised to see that there is still a van placed on her deck. I would have thought the owners would have removed things that they would see as assets.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                I noticed that too. She still looks OK... and I was surprised to see that there is still a van placed on her deck. I would have thought the owners would have removed things that they would see as assets.
                I certainly hope that the ship goes anywhere but the scrapyard.

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                • #9
                  I certainly also hope the best for this ship as well, but on the other hand, I have no information on her condition apart from the fact that I know she is very old.

                  Wouldn't she be a great asset to the US Navy (or any other country) who would want to give relief to Haiti?
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    Hello,

                    Doulos has a severe corrosion on deck structure and an hull in average shape. The Rina's certification, was - under certain conditions- extended until 2014. But - and it was perfectly known by the owner - the structure is at a such point in bad shape that Rina removed immediately (almost) the certificates for passenger vessel and the Doulos is anymore allowed to carry passenger, only for a last delivery voyage.

                    The problem is what delivery and where: Some groups where approached and the current vessel state (the real one, not the coat of paint) was a problem, even in a static role. So it's over for South Africa and China. Some negotiations are still in the air, but the last voyage for delivery has many chances to be a scrapyard. Sad, but logical.

                    She has had a very long life, she is in need of very important work (at least 10-15 M US $, even for a static role). So ....

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                    • #11
                      I agree with you, and as I suspected. She is an old vessel, and steel does indeed corrode, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if this one went to scrappers.

                      I saw her myself when she was in Bangkok many years ago, and you could literally see how weather beaten she has been over the years.
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                      • #12
                        I did get some pics of her earlier, but from a distance and without zoom.

                        At DP World Shipyard, Singapore (Formerly Pan-United) in Nov. 2009:

                        She was there for quite a while. I don't know what was done to her, aside from a new coat of paint and probably some thickness gauging.

                        Here she is at Jurong West Anchorage, when leaving the shipyard in mid Dec. 2009:

                        Passing Sultan Shoal L/H.


                        At least she was moving under her own power, not being towed.
                        I don't know where she has been between these pics and seeing her at Keppel Marina last week, but probably not too far from Singapore waters.
                        Last edited by ombugge; March 2nd, 2013, 07:57.

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                        • #13
                          That's the problem When she went to her periodical dry-docking in nov-dec, Rina's inspectors discovered a severe corrosion on deck structure and on some hull plates. The cost of repairs was estimated between 10-15 M US $. An agreement was almost done with Rina to put into the crew team the "passengers" (teachers, bookkeepers, etc...) and this should permit to sail until 2014. But with the "discovery of corrosion" (and many other problems), Rina refuses to do the changes and removed her certificate as ISM going vessel. She is now only allowed to do a one way voyage, to a static role or to scrapyard.

                          She is under her own power and expecting the result of negotiation between Doulos owner and potential buyers. But I'm very pessimistic...

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                          • #14
                            Such a pity. But not every old ship can be preserved...
                            She has such impressing classic lines...
                            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                            • #15
                              Hello,

                              It's not finished for the Doulos, but the chances are very thin to preserve the vessel. It's almost the same case for M/V Augustus and many others. When corrosion and/or deficiencies in term of structure are present, they are both present for a static role (in the water) and as sea going ship. The danger in term of safety is of course different, but ...

                              You can limit the extension of corrosion, but you can not recreate by a miracle the structure. It's only a heavy metal work in this case, and of course expensive ...

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