Peace in Africa
IMO : 8125064
Build : 1983 by Verolme Shipyards – Leusden in the Netherlands, nr 994 as Dock Express 20
Peace in Africa: with such a beautiful name you actually would expect a Grande Yacht designed by a recommended designer but unfortunately a yacht she is not! This vessel is a so-called Diamond Mining Vessel and because of her nature she has been beaten quite a lot with the ugly stick.
Offcourse things didn’t start of ugly in the life of this vessel, she was build as a “normal” semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, one in a series of 4. She then got used as a cablelayer, apparently the biggest one in the world in that time.
After that time things really started to get ugly. She was bought by De Beers, the biggest diamond mining company in the world, send to the UK for conversion and then set to work to retrieve those valuable little stones from the seabed. She now looks like a exploded hedgehog, invaded by the Borg from Star Trek.
So please be aware that when you give your wife or girlfriend a diamond for any occasion: that little gem has most probably be mined by the above pictured monstrosity. So the rest of the world has to endure the sight of her so you can whoo your partner!
You feeling guilty yet?