Al Salam Boccaccio 98

Posted: 21 February, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Al Salam Boccaccio 98

IMO : 6921282

Build : 1970 by Italcantieri S.p.A, Monfalcone in Italy, nr 4237 as Boccaccio

Converted : 1991 by INMA, La Spezia in Italy

This one was came to my attention while reading through this thread in the gCaptain forum,thank you c.captain! She once was a normal looking ferry, see the pic below and then they added a few more decks on to her and she became a joke of herself. Butt-ugly and looking top-heavy!

Unfortunately in 2006 she capsized and sank, more than 1000 lives were lost, a very ugly and sad ending.

There were a total of 5 sisterships which had the same modification done, the other 4 are: the Al Salam Carducci 92 (pictured below), Al Salam Manzoni 94, Al salam Pasoli 96 & Al Salam Petrarca 90.

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

The Al Salam Petrarca 90 burned out and sunk in 2002 and thankfully all remaining sisterships were scrapped in 2007, relieving the world from their ugly sight.

  1. costablue says:

    before knowing that this was the ship that sank in egpyt, i thought that ship looks off balance with the addition of extra decks on the top. the extra decks does not match the rest of the ship and appears like it was added to the original ship. no wonder it sank easy.

  2. Connor says:

    Woah. Looks like those ships shouldn’t have relied so heavily on Norwegian Epic for beauty tips!

  3. QM says:

    These Tirrenia/As Salam-ships rivaled the equally infamous Townsend Thoresen ferries for the title of ugliest passenger-carrying vessel ever. Only a greedy and blind shipowner could ask a designer for that without being ashamed, and only a non-ethical shipyard would do such.

  4. Why did they add those decks! That just made it ugly!

  5. Michael says:

    1000+ people would be alive today if those criminals didn’t do the conversion.

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