By 2020, the Port of Ilwaco could be home to a new shipbreaking facility that would specialize in dismantling and disposing of derelict vessels. In the recently-approved supplemental budget, the Legislature committed $950,000 for the derelict vessel facility and other work in the port. The investment includes $600,000 for building an enclosed deconstruction facility, $250,000 to replace the port’s stormwater system and $100,000 for paving and regrading work that will help protect water quality.
March 9 — The former Pacific Princess, the boat from “The Love Boat” TV series, is being scrapped.
A Turkish demolition company bought the vessel for a little more than $3.3 million (2.5 million euro), according to USA Today.
The 19,903-ton, 600-passenger ship was built in 1971 for Flagship Cruises and dubbed the “Sea Venture.” It was renamed the Pacific Princess in 1975 after joining the Princess fleet, the paper reported.
It became famous during its time as the backdrop for “The Love Boat” from 1977 to 1986.
The boat´s name was shortened to the “Princess” in 2002 after a new “Pacific Princess” was added to the fleet.
The ship has been sitting at dock in Genoa, Italy, for more than a year. It last sailed for the Spanish company Quail Cruises.
via Headline News.