Two cruise ships that looked set to end their careers on the shipbreaking beach at Alang in India have instead been sold to competitors in Pakistan.

The recent arrivals at Gadani of the 23,300-gt cruise ship Fuji Maru (built 1989) on 20 January and the 18,500-gt Oriental Dragon (built 1972) on Tuesday highlight how stubbornly low scrap prices in India have made Pakistan a more attractive option to sell a ship for recycling.