Peace in Africa

Posted: 21 September, 2011 by SeaBart in ugly
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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.

Picture by Glenn Kasner vie

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.

Picture by Captain Peter via

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.

Picture by Glenn Kasner via

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!

Dunno source, via the interwebs

You feeling guilty yet?

  1. Matt says:

    Lets be honest, could a mobile, sea going mine site be anything but ugly?

  2. Phil Kirkpatrick says:

    I disagree, it’s a most beautiful ship. The paint scheme is great, as well as the shape. Brilliant, as the rock it finds.

  3. Phil says:

    It’s far from ugly. A modern marvel of technological innovation, as well.

  4. KoolGuy8039 says:

    Not the most attractive vessel I’ve ever seen, but it has a nice name, and at least it’s very innovative.

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