On 20 December, Cruise Radio reported that, over the past several months, cruise enthusiasts watched as a company named Ocean Builders purchased the former P&O Dawn with the intention of turning it into a floating community.  The ship, which would be anchored off the coast of Panama, would have hosted a variety of businesses, including restaurants and nightclubs, eventually becoming a self-sustaining community.  The owners have now said that no protection and indemnity (P+I) insurance unit will insure the ship cannot legally have a crew, would lose its class rating and flag and any possibility of running any of the onboard businesses.  It is now said that once the ship reaches Panama she will be refuelled and resupplied and then sent to a scrapyard in India.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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