Registered Owner: Pearl Seas Cruises LLC.- USA - Beneficial owner:Pearl Seas Management- USA - Operator: Pearl Seas Cruises - USA ( Pearl Seas is an affiliate of American Cruise Lines)
Allowing for a 20-month construction period, the Pearl Mist was supposed to be ready for the 2008 summer season. Meanwhile, she is still sitting in lay-up at Irving Shipyard in Halifax, while the shipyard and the owner have been battling it out in arbitration and in court.
According to sources familiar with the situation, things were going wrong soon after the construction started, and the parties went into arbitration literally from the beginning.
While in arbitration, the building continued, and Pearl Seas Cruises was obligated to pay, according to the contract terms. Pearl Seas alleges that the yard did not build according to specifications. Irving Shipbuilding, on the other hand, said in a prepared statement that it built the ship to the owner’s design and in accordance with the parties’ shipbuilding. After several delays, Pearl Seas Cruises told Cruise Industry News that the new start-up date for its 210-passenger newbuild, the Pearl Mist, will be 2011. “This has to do with the competence level of the shipyard; the problem was with the shipbuilder” a source said, adding that sea trials revealed “insignificant deficiencies that need to be corrected." March 2012 ship not enter service yet!
According to the lawsuit, Lloyd's Register, the ship's classification society (which inspects the vessel for compliance with safety regulations), has still not given Pearl Mist the green light, while the Marshall Islands declined "'to register the vessel under the Marshall Islands flag’ due to material safety issues."Pearl Seas' suit asks that its contract with Irving be cancelled, and seeks both the return of its $30 million investment in the vessel and an additional $30 million in damages. Meanwhile, Pearl Mist is apparently laid up in Shelbourne, Nova Scotia — and appears to be going nowhere.
April 29-2013 Pearl Seas Cruises announced today that the brand-new Pearl Mist has arrived in Maryland for final outfitting before going into service in 2014. The 210-passenger ship will operate various 7-, 10- and 11-night Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, Canadian Maritimes, and New England cruises. The Pearl Mist was due for delivery in 2009, but was refused by Pearl Seas Cruises, who has since been tied up in litigation with Irving Shipbuilding.
Dec. 2013- When the Pearl Mist enters service in June 2014 for Pearl Seas Cruises, it will be more than a full year after the vessel was towed from Irving Shipbuilding in Canada to Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. For Pearl Seas CEO and shipyard owner Charles Robertson, it’s a brand ad ship he was expecting to launch in 2008, before a delayed delivery, eventual rejection of the ship from the Canadian yard, and a drawn out litigation process.That process is now history, as Robertson got his 210-passenger ship last April.
June-25- 2014 Sailed Wednesday morning for the first 11 days cruise from Baltimore to Halifax.
Entered service: 2014 (ready 2010) - Gross tonnage: 5.109 - Pass. lower beds: 204 - All berths: 210 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 99,05 m. - Beam: 16,80 m. - Draught: 3.46 m. - Drive: diesel: 2 diesel engines make Caterpillar - 2x type 3516C - Total installed power: 5.370 kW. - Propulsion: by 2 Fixed pitch propellers - Service speed: 17 knots - Built: Irving Shipbuilders.- Canada - Yard no. 6092 - Finished: Chesapeake Shipbuilding - Maryland - USA - Flag: Marshall Islands - Classification: DNV/GL.
|Passenger space ratio at all berths 24.10|
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