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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

The Japanese Marine Self Defence Force (MSDF) has decided to build a smaller destroyer which will have a smaller crew, as a result of recruitment problems leading to inability to crew the bigger ship originally planned.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/12/national/msdf-launch-smaller-size-destroyer-amid-crew-shortage/

Quote from: Japan Times dated 12 October 2020
The MSDF is facing recruitment difficulties as young people shy away from group living on ships and working at sea, where smartphone use is restricted.

I did have to grin about the restriction of smartphone use!

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Not looking great for Columbus (ex Ocean Village, Arcadia etc) if you read between the lines:

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23685-columbus-sold-ship-to-stay-in-limbo-status.html


Having said this, another of the former CMV fleet, Vasco Da Gama has been sold for further cruising:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/former-cmv-cruise-ship-sold-at-auction-to-portuguese-buyer


Waiting to hear the fates of Marco Polo, Magellan, and the (second) Astor CMV had recently brought into their fleet, plus whether Astoria is towed to Lisbon after all as apparently planned.
« Last Edit: Oct 15, 2020, 11:47 PM by Thomas Hypher »
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