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WATCH: 200m ship sails canal with inches to spare

Fred Olsen vessel claims new record

If you’re the type of driver that baulks at a tight parking job, imagine piloting a 22.5 metre wide cruise ship through a 25 metre wide canal. 



This is exactly what a Fred Olsen cruise liner did recently when it became the largest vessel to pass through Greece’s Corinth Canal. 


With 929 passengers on board, and with high rocky cliffs on both sides, the Braemar ship navigated its way through the tidal waterway, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, making it also the longest ship to make the journey.


"Today Braemar made history as the longest-ever ship to cruise through the CorinthCanal," the Fred Olsen cruise company said on social media.


According to CNN, the 195.82 metre ship, which weighs 24,344 gross tonnes, joined a long list of ships who have navigated the 6.3km canal since 1893. 


"This is such an exciting sailing and tremendous milestone in Fred Olsen's 171-year history, and we are thrilled to have been able to share it with our guests," Fred Olsen Cruise Lines product and customer service director Clare Ward said in a statement.


"At Fred Olsen, we strive to create memories that last a lifetime, and with guests on board Braemar able to get so close to the edges of the Corinth Canal that they could almost touch the sides, we know that this will be a holiday that they will never forget."



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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 14 October 2019

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