The Anonymous Widower

UK Cruise Ships Scrapped In India’s ‘Ship Graveyard’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Two UK cruise ships have been scrapped on an Indian beach despite assurances they would continue to be operated.

The ships are the Marco Polo and the Magellan, whose owner went bust due to the pandemic.

After a couple of transactions, they will be heading to the ship-breaker at Alang in North-West India.

This Google Map shows the yard. Or beach!

What a mess!

It looks to me, that someone has been doing a bit of sleight of ship to get round UK regulations, which class ships at the end of their lives as hazardous waste and make it illegal to send them to developing countries.



March 2, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. The ships aren’t British owned so they probably aren’t liable

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | March 2, 2021 | Reply

  2. We cruised on the Marco Polo once. She was originally built in East Germany for the Russians who ran her as a cruise ship often out of Tilbury. She had a strengthened hull so she could go ice-breaking. She ended up dumped in the far East and was given a new lease of life after being brought back to Europe and refitted and relaunched as the Marco Polo.

    And yes, I know Marco Polo was a bloke but all ships are “shes” although in these woke times that is probably considered s hate-crime 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😘😘

    Comment by MauriceGReed | March 3, 2021 | Reply

  3. Moving EU registered/owned ships to developing countries for “breaking” happens so often it is clear that the existing laws are defective. You could change the law to require shipowners to post a “breaking bond” (and have any that call in the UK/EU regularly also post bond), set at a level to mostly cover the cost of safe breaking of the ship. But that is likely to have other unintended consequences, probably forcing a “glut” of ships which are expensive to break up safely to be re-registered or sent the developing world to avoid the implementation date of “bonding” rule. Can’t really win except to specifically fund development and ongoing audit of safe breaking practice in a low wage economy to compete.

    Comment by MilesT | March 3, 2021 | Reply

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