June 21 - 2012 Mr. Potamianos, owner of Funchal and CIC passed away some days ago, and the information is that the renovation on the ship stopped some months ago for lack of money. A further 6 million euro is needed to complete the renovation and Solas upgrades. It seems very difficult to get this amount of money to finished the renovation. The story will continue however it is not unlikely that this famous ship will end on a scrapyard.
Febr. 2013 Portugeuse bank Montepio has sold 4 of 5 of CIC's cruise ships to Portugeuse entrepreneur Doctor Rui Alegre. He start a new company Portuscale Cruises with 4 of the former Classic International ships. The Funchal was out of service since 2010 due to renovations by the previous owner Classic International. Lack of money of this owner has delayed the renovation. Portuscale Cruises has let the renovation perform on. The renovation was completed in 2013
Funchal will sail under her old name. During her life she got many owners, but her name was never changed.
|Aug.28-2013 According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, the Funchalís life-saving appliances failed the inspection; fire fighting equipment that did not work as it should; watertight doors that did close as required; and there were shortcomings in safety training among crew. A Swedish inspector was quoted as saying that the defects were serious and that it was unusual to find so many shortcomings. The Funchal is expected to stay in Gothenburg for a few days, while corrections and repairs are being made. Built in 1961, the 9,500-ton, 400-passenger ship recently underwent a drydock and refurbishment before starting service for Portuscale Cruises this year.|
Lisbon, February 12, 2015: The
portuguese classic cruise ship FUNCHAL had her cruise program for the
year 2015 canceled today by the owning company Pearl Cruises.
The dedicated owner of the ship, Mr. Rui Alegre, said that "the company failed to meet the conditions for ensuring the operation of cruises for the 2015 season. We will now put the ship in "lay up", keeping her in good care, and look for a long-term operator to charter the ship.We hope to find this charterer soon for the FUNCHAL to return to the seas again
Registered Owner: Pearl Cruises Transportes Portugal subsidiary of - Operator Portuscale Cruises
Entered service in: 1961/Refit: 1972 -1986 -2003/6/10/13 - Gross Tonnage: 9.563 - Passenger cap. lower beds: 488 - All berths: 580 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length o.a. : 152,65 m. - Beam: 19,08 m. - Original installed steamturbines replaced in 1972 at NDSM-Amsterdam by 2 - 9 cyl. Stork-Werkspoor diesel engines of 7.356 kW each at 500 rpm. - Max. Speed: 16 knots - Service speed: 14.5 knots - Built at Helsingor Skibsvog - Denmark - Yard no. 353 - Renovated:Naval Rochaís Dry Dock-Lisboa between 2010/13 - Flag: Portugal - Homeport: Madeira - Classification: Rinave Portugesa
Former Names: Since 1961, several owners the name Funchal has never changed.
|Passenger ratio all berths: 16,49|
with original steamturbine
Funchal Classic International
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