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Former Soviet cruise liner, now a ghost ship, decaying in Gulf of Mexico

Former Soviet cruise ship AZERBAIJAN (ENCHANTED CAPRI), beached by storm in Nov 2020 in Veracruz State, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, remains in the same position, rusting and decaying, though probably, dismantling was attempted (take a look at portside forefront superstructure). Watch locals footage of the wreck, including inside footage, in four videos, posted on youtube

Initial story:


Former Soviet cruise ship beached by storm, Gulf of Mexico
November 4, 2020

Decommissioned and intended for dismantling passenger ship ENCHANTED CAPRI (ex-Soviet cruise ship AZERBAIJAN) in the afternoon Nov 2 dragged anchor and drifted aground on a beach in Alvarado municipality waters, Veracruz State, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico.

She was relocated to Mexico waters and exploited as an offshore oil industry flotel, from around 2009, until last month, when she was decommissioned, to be dismantled at Tampico. Understood she was under tow from lay-up at Coatzacoalcos and was anchored to wait out the weather on Oct 26, but dragged anchor and grounded, when the storm was passing the area.

A skeleton crew of four was rescued. The ship is to be refloated. AIS was on until Oct 30.
Accident details and photos provided by news outlet La Silla Rota Veracruz veracruz.lasillarota.com

Accommodation Vessel ENCHANTED CAPRI is currently located at USG – Gulf of Mexico at position 18° 11′ 42.9″ N, 094° 25′ 46.3″ Was reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2020-10-25 16:33 UTC (1 year, 2 months ago)

The vessel departed from COATZACOALCOS, MX on 2020-10-25 10:00 LT (UTC -6) and is currently sailing at 3.2 knots in the Northwest direction

ENCHANTED CAPRI (IMO: 7359474) is an Accommodation Vessel that was built in 1975 (46 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Mexico.
Its carrying capacity is 3000 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 6.2 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 157 meters and her width is 21.8 meters.
Sources: Marine Traffic +ccidents by Mikhail Voytenko

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