With an Italian flag, it was rented together with two other cruise ships to house part of the 6,000 agents sent to Catalonia to stop the illegal referendum on the The ship is still operational, operated by Moby Lines, and made its last crossing in September, between the ports of Bastia (France) and Genoa (Italy) Its rental cost 5.5 million euros to the State, which spent more than 26 million to use the three cruise ships, moored in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona, as hotels Its official name is Moby Dada, although it has had others before since it was built in Finland in 1981. However, it will go down in Spanish history as the Hotel Piolín, the place where the Government housed part of the troops displaced to Catalonia in the so-called Copernicus operation, planned to stop the illegal referendum on 1-O, which is now five years old. In reality, the Executive rented three different cruise ships (the Moby Dada, the French Rhapsody and the GNV Azzurra, also Italian), which docked in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona and on which the State spent 26.5 million euros. However, the image of Moby Dada, labeled with various Looeny Tunes characters on both sides, went around the world. So much so that the agents tried to cover the drawing of that large yellow bird that illustrated the left façade with tarpaulins. But it was too late. Five years later, the ship has returned to its usual job of transferring passengers for the shipping company that has operated it since 2016. In fact, its last journey according to the records of its MMSI locator (a public position communicator that serves to order maritime traffic) occurred last September, between the ports of Bastia, in France, and Genoa, where the cruise ship has remained docked ever since. In total, renting the boat cost the state 5.5 million euros, of which 1.4 were billed for “services on board”, including food. The catering service was constantly criticized by the agents who participated in the operation, who showed on social networks some images of the food, to say the least, unappetizing. This is the menu that they have given to the colleagues displaced to Barcelona and who are on the ship. Does it seem normal to you or do you also feel ashamed like me? What a Christmas Eve yours, for God’s sake. pic.twitter.com/BOw9Z6Dn8J— Alfredo Perdiguero M. 🇪🇸 (@PerdigueroASP) December 24, 2017 The first to leave the portAccording to public records in Moby Dada, it was manufactured in 1981 in Finland by the Effoa company to later start its work making routes in Stockholm. From there, it went through several operators until moving to the current company in 2016, a year before the Copernicus operation. The three ships arrived in Catalonia on September 20, 2017 and the Moby Dada finally left Barcelona on November 16, replaced by the Azzurra, which moved from Tarragona to serve as accommodation for the operation. Before, the agents repeatedly complained about the poor state of their facilities. The boats left, but the deployment of displaced agents to Catalonia continued gradually at least until December 22, when the final return of the reinforcement operations of the Police and Civil Guard that remained in the area, which mostly belonged to police intervention units.