Ocean Builders announced the end of the Satoshi cruise liner project for failing to secure a protection and indemnity insurance company to insure the ship.
The company’s dream was to anchor the ship off the coast of Panama to house businesses, restaurants and nightclubs to entertain its users.
The CEO of Ocean Builders criticized the big insurance companies for being archaic and not wanting to adapt to new innovative ideas.
On December 20, 2020, Ocean Builders , the company responsible for launching the cruise liner Satoshi , announced in a letter to its potential investors the completion of the project. According to maritime news portals Cruise Radio and Cruise Industry News, the project did not have a protection and indemnity insurance company to insure the ship.
Grant Romundt, CEO of Ocean Builders, said they encountered an unexpected problem, which ended up “exhausting” all options for starting the Satoshi ocean liner project. He referred to the insurance companies to which he attributed all the responsibility for dropping the project, calling them archaic for not wanting to adapt to new innovative ideas.
No protection and indemnity insurance company will insure the Satoshi… We got the closest with a company that manipulated us with a premium of $ 1 million for maximum coverage of $ 5 million. Nothing that comes close to the coverage we would need to comply with the law.
The MS #Satoshi project is dead as the former Pacific Dawn has been sold for scrap, according to a statement from #OceanBuilders, which was aiming to setup a floating tech hub for small businesses with the aim to support crypto currency off the coast of Panama. pic.twitter.com/PHD8lNaPaI
— Cruise Ships Passion (@shipspassion) December 20, 2020
The MS #Satoshi project is dead because the old Pacific Dawn was sold to a junkyard, according to a statement from #OceanBuilders. The company aimed to set up a floating technology hub for small businesses with the goal of supporting crypto currency off the coast of Panama.
Ocean Builders has not received support from the crypto community
The company was also unsuccessful in enlisting the assistance of the Panama Maritime Authority to change its status to a non-maritime vessel (reducing its insurance costs). She received in response that this was impossible, as the boat had an engine and a flag.
In addition, the fact that Ocean Builders did not have the support of the crypto community (for which the company was developing this project) made it abandon any possible wish of struggle, suffering the loss of millions of dollars in the process. “By pushing or designing a complex alternative insurance solution,” Mr. Rodmundt said.