Fake video shared as cruise service started by PM

CLAIM

Twitter user Renuka Jain put out a video showing a huge cruiser ship Marco Bitran through a narrow canal to claim that it is from Gujarat‘s Bhavnagar. She claimed that this service was started by PM to reduce the travel distance between Bhavnagar and Bharuch Road from 350 km to 32 km.

“Distance between Bhavnagar and Bharuch road is 350 km. But while traversing through sea, it is 32 km. Therefore, PM has started a cruise service on this sea route. The cruise has a huge capacity and can carry 50 trucks, 60 buses, 200 cars, 350 motorbikes and 600 people in one and go and covers the entire distance in just half an hour,” reads the tweet by Jain.

भावनगर से भरूच रोड की दूरी है 350 किलोमीटर , और समुद्री रास्ते से इसकी दूरी है 32 किलोमीटर, और इसी समुद्री रास्ते… https://t.co/sHUEV3KgNP

— #RenukaJain (@RenukaJain6) 1601268411000

TRUTH

Although the text claim of the tweet is correct, the cruise video used to make the claim is from Greece. It shows 72 feet wide MS Braemar cruiser ship.

VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY

Using InVID Google Chrome extension, we broke the video into keyframes. Then we ran reverse-image search on those frames and found a news report published by Times Now which carried the same video.

Titled ‘[VIDEO] Huge cruise liner squeezes through tiny canal in Greece with inches to spare’, the report talks about the incredible footage showing a huge cruiser ship passing through the narrow Corinth Canal in Greece.

As per the report, the 22.25-meter-wide MS Braemar ship became the largest ever vessel to pass through the canal, which is just 24 meters wide at its narrowest point. The gap between the ship’s railings and the ground was so little, passengers on board were able to touch the canal’s sides.

The ship, which is 196 meters in length and weighs a whopping 23,344 tonnes, was carrying 1,200 passengers and was also guided by a tugboat to avoid accidents. It is owned by US-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

The same video was uploaded on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ YouTube channel on October 9, 2019.

While examining the claims made by Jain in her tweet text, we found a Hindi news report from Patrika, which confirms that travel distance between Bharuch and Bhavnagar would be reduced from 310 km to 31 km by sea route.

The service was shut for some reasons last year. However, as per a Times of India report dated February 22, 2020, the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry resumed operations on February 24 after five months.

VERDICT

Times Fact Check has found that a cruiser ship video Marco Bitran through a tiny canal in Greece is being passed off as video of Ro-Ro ferry from Gujarat’s Bhavnagar.

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