Opus Casino

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History
NameOpus Casino
Owner[1]
BuilderUnión Naval de Levante
Yard number152
Completed1985
IdentificationIMO number8409056
Statusfor charter/sale
General characteristics
Tonnage2,040 GT[1]
Displacement1233 tonnes[2]
Length67.70 metres (222.1 ft)[2][4][3]
Beam10.61 metres (34.8 ft)[2][4][3]
Installed power
  • Two 12-cylinder, Alpha/Echevaaria Burmeister and Waine diesel engines (12V23LU)[3]
  • 3720 HP,[2] 1370 kW[4]
PropulsionTwo propellers[3]
Speed17 kn (31.48 km/h)
Capacity250 passengers, 43 cars[4]

Opus Casino (formerly Liquid Vegas, Royal Star,[1] Liberty II, Liberty I, Royal Empress, Punta Pedrera[4]) is a cruiseferry built in 1985 in Valencia, Spain for Marítima de Formentera SA, to handle traffic between Ibiza and Formentera.[2] In July 2012, the vessel was donated to The Seasteading Institute,[5] and is currently available for bareboat charter or sale, preferably to businesses that could support experimentation with long-term ocean habitation.[6]

History[edit]

A 1986 incident required expensive repairs. In 1993, the vessel was sold to Helton Limited.[2] In 1995, she was sold to Adventure Holdings Corp. (Kingstown) and commenced duty as a casino ship near Florida under the name Royal Empress. In 2004, she was sold to Royal Star.[4]

In fall 2009, the vessel owner at the time, Las Vegas Casino Lines, LLC, declared bankruptcy and Liquid Vegas was sold at auction on October 29, 2009, by the Canaveral Port Authority. The winning bid was US$2,060,000 by The Mermaid I, LLC.[7]

The ship is currently classified through Registro Italiano Navale.[1]

External links[edit]

  • Fact sheet and deck plans - The Seasteading Institute
  • Partial ship history until 2004 - Fakta om fartyg
  • Professional photographs from shipspotting.com
  • "Opus Casino (8409056)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 27 August 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Opus Casino (8409056)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Punta Pedrera". Enciclopèdia d'Eivissa i Formentera. Consell Insular d'Eivissa i Formentera. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28.
  3. ^ a b c d "PUNTA PEDRERA". ship-db.de. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Asklander, Micke. "M/S PUNTA PEDRERA" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  5. ^ Hencken, Randolph (2012-08-26). "The Seasteading Institute Acquires Seasteader I, a 275-foot Ship". The Seasteading Institute August 2012 Newsletter. The Seasteading Institute.
  6. ^ "Charter the Seasteader I". The Seasteading Institute.
  7. ^ "Canaveral Port Authority v. M/V Liquid Las Vegas, IMO No. 8409056 - Document 154". 2009-11-06. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. (wrong IMO in the article title, but correct in the article body)