World’s Second-Tallest Sailing Ship, Esmeralda to Berth at VivoCity
Singaporeans will get an opportunity to tour the Chilean Navy training ship, which will dock in Singapore for the second time

6 August 2012, Singapore – VivoCity, Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination will be home to Esmeralda from 10 to 14 August. Esmeralda is the four-masted barquentine tall ship of the Chilean Navy and currently the second-tallest and longest ship in the world. As part of its 57th voyage around the world, Esmeralda, manned by its 353 crew members will dock in Singapore for the second time.

Shoppers will be able to go on board for a free guided tour of Esmeralda, conducted by the crew, between 2pm and 6pm on 11 and 12 August. Admission to the ship is free, and children under the age of 10 will have to be accompanied by parents. Additionally, the Esmeralda Military Band will also entertain VivoCity’s shoppers with Latin music during their performance at the Amphitheatre on Level 3 from 7pm to 8pm on 11 and 12 August.

“We are thrilled at being able to provide shoppers and visitors to VivoCity with an exclusive experience on board the majestic Esmeralda, which has visited more than 300 ports worldwide. A tour of the training ship is perfect for an educational family outing or anyone keen to find out about the history of the ship. Visitors will also get to immerse themselves in the heritage and culture of Chile as well as meet and speak with the ship’s crew”, said Mr Chang Yeng Cheong, General Manager of VivoCity.

Commissioned in 1954, The Esmeralda, also known as the ‘White Lady’ has travelled over 60 countries, serving the Chilean Navy as a sail training vessel and an ambassador of Chilean culture to each port it visits. She is the sixth ship to carry the name, which represents one of the most celebrated milestones of Chile’s naval history.

Singapore will mark the sixth stop of Esmeralda’s 10-port voyage, which will take 260 days and more than 30,000 nautical miles to complete. She will dock in Singapore after departing from Bali, Indonesia, on 29 July and will leave Singapore for Mumbai, India on 14 August. Esmeralda has a mast height of 48.5 metres and is 113 metres in length.

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With over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 300 retailers, large event spaces, including an outdoor amphitheatre, a 20,000sf open plaza and a 300metre-long waterfront Promenade, VivoCity is Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination. Designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity is the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront, which also includes Sentosa and Resorts World Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and St James Power Station. VivoCity is a Mapletree Commercial Trust property.

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