MV Porto

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The MV Porto, still as the Arion in Pula, Croatia
The MV Porto - still as the Arion - in Pula, Croatia
Career
Name: 1965–1991: Istra
1991–1996: Astra
1996–1999: Astra I
1999–1999: Nautilus 2000
1999–2013: Arion
2013–present: Porto
Owner: Arcalia Shipping Co. Ltd.
Operator: Classic International Cruises
Ordered: 1965
Builder: Brodogadiliste Uljanik, Pula , Croatia
Identification: Call sign: CQUU
IMO number: 6419057
MMSI number: 255969000
Status: Transferred to Portuscale Cruises
Career
Name: Porto
Operator: Portuscale Cruises
Ordered: 1965
Status: Under repair in Lisbon as of March 2013
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,888 GT
Length: 116.82 m (383.3 ft)
Beam: 16.54 m (54.3 ft)
Draught: 6.2 m (20 ft)
Decks: 5
Speed: 14.4-knot (27 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 300
Notes: [1]

The MV Porto is a Portuguese-owned cruise ship. She is operated by Portuscale Cruises.

The ship was built in 1965, as the Istra. She was purchased by Arcadia Shipping Company, Lisbon in 2000 and was completely reconstructed from the hull up, being renamed Arion. She was put in service with Classic International Cruises[2]

On 17 September 2012 reports announced that she was detained in Montenegro for failure to pay fuel costs. Fellow ships Athena and Princess Danae were detained for similar issues.[3][3]

Following the liquidation of Classic International Cruises, Arion was purchased by a Portuguese entrepreneur and remained flagged under the Portuguese flag. The ship was renamed Porto in 2013, being now operated by the Portuguese cruise company Portuscale Cruises.

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