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FOR HMS VENGEANCE – INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR NEGOTIATES PAYMENT FOR
SHIP AND CONVERSION TO MUSEUM -
European and British investors have entered
discussion with the owner to purchase the ship before contracts are
signed with the scrap companies. Tender specifications have gone out to
British and European shipyards to repair and refit convert HMS Vengeance
into a floating museum and for final delivery to the UK.
HMS Vengeance at berth in Rio de Janeiro in Autumn 2003
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21 January 2004: Deadline for elaborated
shipyard quotes and yard performance guarantees for conversion of HMS
Vengeance into a floating museum and delivery to the UK. Interest from Gibraltar, Netherlands, and UK (Source Friends of HMS
16 January 2004: Deadline for expressions of
interest and quotes from shipyards for conversion of HMS Vengeance into a
floating museum and delivery to the UK (Source Friends of HMS
offer of support and finance to cover payment of ship and of conversion to
museum, with associated funds for subsequent maintenance from European
independent investor. Urgent negotiations with owner to purchase vessel in
the light of stiff competition from the scrap merchants – Vengeance
may be saved yet! (Source Friends of HMS Vengeance)
mid January 2004: Scrap merchant tug reportedly on way to collect HMS Vengeance at Rio for onwards delivery to scrapyard in Asia. (undisclosed sources)
11 January 2004: ‘For Sale’. The South African Sunday
Times reports (Peter Delmar) that HMS Vengeance, the World War 2 ship has
been withdrawn from an Internet auction site but is still on sale in
Brazil, where the navy is hoping to sell it for about $4-million. Source South African Sunday
2004: Unknown Ebay seller in Rio/USA advertises aircraft carrier for
sale a second time at $7 million. Advert removed by Ebay
9 January 2004: ‘For Sale’. Reporter Steven
Oliver, Newcastle Evening Chronicle mentions Ebay
auction and quotes from the original company that built the warship in 1942,
Swan Hunter, whose commercial director, Norman Brownell said: "It is
great to see this ship has really stood the test of time and is still in
fine shape’. The newspaper reports that there are two rival entrepreneurs
from Scotland and Holland who are expected to go
head-to-head with bids for HMS Vengeance which would see her become a
floating museum or tourist attraction. Source Newcastle
10 January 2004: ‘For internet sale: aircraft carrier, only three owners’. By
Neil Tweedie Published articles by Daily
Telegraph and Mail on Sunday about plight of HMS Vengeance and linking her
to the unique Ebay advert. Source Daily
5 January 2004-27 December 2003: Unknown Ebay
seller in Norway advertises aircraft carrier for
sale at US$6 million. Viewers to the web page reached 388,370 fours days
after advert went online. Ebay management cancels
the auction after spurious bidding reached 99,000,000 US$ – Ebay world record figure.
financial support from European, German and Swedish investors. Discussions started.
December 2003: Advert appeared
on Auction Arms about HMS Vengeance selling aircraft carrier decommissioned
in 2001 with a starting bid of $200,000.00.
Spurious bidding reached $6,000,000.00 before the unknown Norwegian bidder
10 December 2003: Isteo reports that EMGEPRON rescinds Chinese
contract after failure to pay for HMS Vengeance (Source ISTEO)GEPRON and the shipping
broker Arusha Shipping Ltd for the final purchase of HMS Vengeance (Source
2003: It is
reported that the contract has been formally completed between the
Brazilian Navy Agency EMGEPRON and the shipping broker Arusha Shipping Ltd
for the final purchase of HMS Vengeance (Source Philip Bush, Arusha
2003:It was reported
today that formally the contract was rescinded on 4 September 2003 with
Chinese H.J. Jienxiin shipping merchants for
purchase of HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais 14 months
after failing to pay for the R$ 5.7 million (1.18 million GBP at today’s
value). Reported by
Luciana Loyal Nunes, Agencia
Estado News (Brazil)(see source information).
reported today by Luciana
Nunes Leal of Estadao.com.br that ‘formally the
contract was rescinded 4 September 2003 with Chinese H.J. Jienxiin shipping merchants for purchase of HMS
Vengeance/Minas Gerais after failing to pay for
the R$ 5.7 million (1.18
million GBP at today’s value). The assessor of Planning of the Navy, commander (Planejamento da Marinha, capitão-de-fragata Nilo Moacyr Penha Ribeiro) informed that "measured legal will be
taken" against the winner of the first competition, H.J. Jienxiin, but
he did not specify that type of process will be taken by the Brazilian
government. It does not have a date scheduled for the new competition. With
an uncertain future, the warship continues to be berthed alongside in the
Armory of the Island of Cobras, in Rio de Janeiro’. Estadao Agencia News (Brazil)(see source information).
03: ‘Negócio da
China’. Jornal do Brasil
reports that the aircraft carrier Minas Gerais
returned to the ownership of the Brazilian Navy after Chinese scrap
merchant H.J.Jienxiin failed to pay the full
amount of US$ 2 million, reportedly only US$200,000 being submitted. H.J. Jienxiin had originally proposed to take her to the Port of Xangai. The ship remains anchored in
the island of Cobras, Rio De Janeiro. The Brazilina
Navy wrere thinking about litigation. (Source
03: ‘Registros 14, 12/10/2003 reports H.J. Jienxiin not paying the Brazilian R$ 5,7 million for
former NAEL Minas Gerais/HMS Vengeance. Its
representative, Engineer Sung reportedly only payed
token deposit. (Source
October 2003: New financial and investment bankers offer assistance to safeguard
HMS Vengeance. Practical action now urgently needed to go beyond just
talks. Letters of support by the public and veterans alike continue to pour
in from UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.
September 2003: Negotiations continue between Philip Bush, representing the owners
of HMS Vengeance, and a Leith Group consortium to
safeguard the ship in Scotland, according to Leon Andrews
spokesman for a Leith Group consortium involved
in developing a Maritime Museum at Eyemouth,
September 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping (the body which reportedly took over
the HMS Vengeance contract in 2002) flies to India to discuss possible scrapping
of HMS Vengeance at Alang. He also travels to Holland to meet entrepreneur De Fliegers about selling HMS Vengeance in Holland.
2 September 2003: New Zealand
entrepreneurs have expressed interest in buying an old Australian aircraft
carrier for use as a floating hotel, according to Hotel News
Resource.com (Source)- Trade Boat
September 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping, flies to Brazil to request continued stay of
HMS Vengeance at Rio until a permanent berth in the UK is finalized.
21 August 2003: Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping,
and Graham Drucker of the Friends of HMS Vengeance take part in meeting
with John Paton, National Historic Ships Committee Secretary to request the
ship is preserved.
8 August 2003: News from Brazil Carrier MINAS
GERAIS, sold to China and is waiting in’. Mr Eric Sczepanski of the German based Global Defence
group reports about the failure of China to pay for the former
aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance/Minas Gerais. Petrobras Company show some
interest to buy her. (source Chinese
Military Forum) (Source Brazil
Estado de S. Paulo)
25 July 2003: Reunion of the HMAS Vengeance
association at Redfern RSL, Australia. Contact Eric Bouvier Australia code 02 9451 5158. (see source information).
12 July 2003: Tragic accident destroying
historic Fleet Air Arm Fairey Firefly aircraft and killing the crew. Fatal
Crash plane had illustrious past. Cambridge Evening News (see
12 July 2003: Tragic accident destroying
historic Fleet Air Arm Fairey Firefly aircraft and killing the crew at
Imperial War Museum Duxford. The Royal Navy
Historic Flight aircraft had served onboard HMS Vengeance. The
deceased have been named as Lieutenant Commander Bill Murton,
45, (pilot) and Neil Rix,
29, (aircraft fitter).Duxford News (see source information).
28 June 2003: ”Not on board for devil’s
ship”. Socialist Worker reports on the Nicholas Van Hoogstraten bid to turn HMS Vengeance into a home for
1,000 asylum seekers off the Kent coast. Socialist Worker. (see source information).
20 June 2003: “Warship to be Theme
Park” report by Lucy Cockcroft of the Western
Morning News (see
18 June 2003: Millionaire businessman John
Woodward through his Blue Anchor Leisure company,
offers to purchase the ship and adding her to his Fantasy Island theme Park Resort at Ingoldsmells near Skegness, Lincolnshire. Blue Anchor leisure
Spokesman Jeff Barry indicates that they would purchase the ship for 2.7
million pounds and they would save her as an historic vessel and give
British tourism a “major, major boost”. He indicated work would
cost 25 million pounds. Discussions with the owner of
the ship continue until August/September. Standard June 18,2003 (see
16 June 2003: Mike Hancock MP asks the
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the preservation of
HMS Vengeance and how she intends to assist the venture (see source information).
16 June 2003: The US Star Tribune continues
the New York Observer discussion about the internet advertising of HMS
Vengeance for sale.
9 June 2003: New York Observer discuss the internet
advertising of HMS Vengeance for sale (see source
June 2003: The legal advisors of the jailed Millionaire Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Paul Martin and Co lawyers,
have reportedly put in a
£2.25 million bid to purchase HMS Vengeance to house 1,000
asylum seekers off the Kent coast near Margate. Sandy Ezekiel, Conservative
Leader, Thanet District Council said they would
consider any serious plans. Philip
Bush representing the owner of the ship had “only cursory
discussions” with the legal advisors. 16 June 2003 BBC News. Jailed tycoon
“in asylum boat plan” (see source
June 2003: Offer by Texas oil firms to French Creek
Boat Sales to use HMS Vengeance as a helicopter landing pad off the Iraqi Coast.
June 2003: Unusual internet advert advertising HMS Vengeance for sale. Owner
of ship is mystified. French Creek Boat Sales of Vancouver, Canada made
this unusual advert indicating that the price of purchase was US$4.5
million – more than twice as much as the original purchase price from
the Brazilian Navy. Owner of HMS Vengeance contacts the Boat Company to
identify how the story originated (see source
31 May 2003: ” Flugzeugträger gefällig?” article in weltentummler.de about aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance for
sale for 4,500,000 US$ (See
30 May 2003: ” HMS/HMAS
Vengeance for sale”.
Anthony J Hicks commentary about the sale of HMS
Vengeance for US$ 4.5 million. (See
30 May 2003: ” Porta-aviões Minas Gerais
está à venda na Internet”. IDG Now, Brazilian
commentary about the sale of HMS Vengeance for US$ 4.5 million. (See
24 April 2003: ”Vliegdekschip als broedplaats”
article in Het Parool
indicates that the entrepreneur De Fliegers (ADeM foundation owners of the Noord
Amersterdam shipping docks) wants to purchase and
moor HMS Vengeance in Amsterdam as an exhibition space, workshops,
conference and event hall, restuarant and
April 2003: Meeting with the “London Investment Group” postponed.
April 2003: Tim Jones of the Devon & Cornwall Business Council (DCBC)
Objective 1 funding proposals for the ship to come to Cornwall with the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth through the European Union
funding continue at a low ebb with repeated
April 2003: Annual meeting of the HMS Vengeance Association. The up-to-date situation of the plans to save HMS Vengeance were
presented by Philip Bush, Arusha Shipping - representing the owner of HMS
Vengeance. He left straight for a meeting with the “London Investment
Group” who have identified the full amount
of money to purchase the ship and berth her in the Thames in London.
2002-January 2003: Negotiations are underway for the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth to protect HMS Vengeance, as
negotiated by Tim Jones of the Devon & Cornwall Businesss
Council (DCBC) (See information source).
2002-February 2003: Application for EU funding for Vengeance in the West Country by Devon and Cornwall Business Council
Chairman. Preliminary results due in January/February 2003.
mid December 02: Meeting between Director of new National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Chairman of SW Region
Chamber of Commerce and Devon and Cornwall Business Council Chairman.
headlines "Boosting tourism with a Vengeance. Exeter Express and Echo.
headlines "Historic Vessel that must have a new home”. Exeter Express and Echo.
with Friends of HMS Vengeance on possible documentary with VARA TV, the Netherlands.
02: Vengeance on
the agenda at the next meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council
02: Meeting between
Chairman of SW Region Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Vengeance,
following Tall Ships Conference, Antwerp.
on financial support for Vengeance by Devon and Cornwall Business Council
representatives with European Union financiers.
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