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Chile - The Job



But don't let me forget I was here in Chile for work...

Le Boréal is a cruise ship owned and operated by the French cruise line company Ponant. She was built in 2010, has 132 cabins and suites for 264 passengers and 140 crew members, and was put into service on May 6, 2010.

That year, the vessel won the award for "Best Newcomer of the Year – GOLD" from the European Cruiser Association.

Le Boréal was featured in episode three of the fifth season of the TV series Mighty Ships. The ship was shown taking tourists to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

On November 18, 2015, Le Boréal suffered a major engine room fire which caused the loss of all power and left her drifting. The captain ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and crew, to be abandoned early in the morning. A distress call was issued just after 2AM while it was near Cape Dolphin, the northerly point of East Falkland, Falkland Islands. All passengers and crew from Le Boréal were rescued by helicopters and other vessels in the area, and looked after on the Falkland Islands.

Le Boréal was loaded onto HLV Kang Sheng Kou in Punta Arenas, Chile in January 2016, to be transported to Genoa, Italy, for repairs and renovations.
the troops are starting to arrive very early start of the day... the troops are arriving
HLV Kang Sheng Kou Le Boréal Le Boréal Le Boréal
Le Boréal Kang Sheng Kou ready and waiting to take on the cargo start of the float-on operation
The float-on starts slowly moving forward
Le Boreál almost in position
Kang Sheng Kou deballasting in progress deballasting in progress
deballasting in progress deballasting in progress slowly does it
deballasting in progress deballasting in progress deballasting in progress slowly re-emerging above waterline
slowly re-emerging above waterline Beagle, one of the assisting tugs Cucao, one of the assisting tugs Calafate, one of the assisting tugs
deballasting in progress deballasting in progress deballasting in progress deballasting in progress
deballasting in progress deballasting in progress almost time to check the result... a bit more...
KSK captain on the deck to check the position of Le Boréal on the cribbing KSK captain on the deck to check the position of Le Boréal on the cribbing KSK captain on the deck to check the position of Le Boréal on the cribbing too early, captain climbing back up the casing
too early, captain climbing back up the casing too early, captain climbing back up the casing back down on the deck to check the cargo's position on the cribbing Cargo in perfect position, job well done!
almost there, perfect job perfectly positioned on cribbing