The President of Venezuela had accused the RCGS Resolute cruise ship of ‘terrorism and piracy’ and ordered the ship forced out into the ocean. There were no passengers on board the cruise ship when Venezuela fired on it. However the ship’s reinforced hull provided it with protection.
RCGS Resolute is a purpose built polar expedition vessel of the highest ice class, rated 1A Super, designed to operate in difficult ice conditions. pic.twitter.com/AMLsae56Vn
— Venezuela BTH (@VenezuelaBTH) April 1, 2020
According to the German company which owns the ship, on March 30th they faced “an act of aggression by the Venezuelan Navy in international waters, around 13.3 nautical miles from Isla de Tortuga with 32 crew member and no passengers on board.”
The ship was in the process of ‘routine engine maintenance’ enroute to Curacao. The cruise ship was fired upon and the Venezuelan ship “purposely collided with the RCGS RESOLUTE. The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.”
The Venezuelan ship “suffered severe damages while making contact with the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel RCGS RESOLUTE and started to take water.” The Venezuelan government evacuated its naval personnel.
(HT: Eugene Volokh)