There was still no trace of the missing passenger Sarah Lagerström which went missing from the "Birka Paradise" on Nov 26 at 4 a.m. The Police was now waiting for the ferry again to come to Stockholm in the afternoon of Nov 28 when they will get the pictures from the surveillance cameras on board. In the current situation the case is treated as a missing person and a supposed accident,
British Couple launches £500,000 sickness claim against cruise ship operator
A COUPLE from Alveston are among 25 passengers suing a cruise ship operator for £500,000 after a sickness outbreak on board.
John and Marion Thornhill, of Gloucester Road, are among a group who say their holidays were ruined after contracting stomach bug gastroenteritis due to alleged lapses of hygiene aboard the liner Independence of the Seas.
In a writ published at the High Court in London the group says there had been "multiple cases of gastroenteritis on previous cruises" on the vessel and that they ought to have been warned they were boarding a sick ship and offered an alternative or a refund before their holidays, which took place between December 2010 and June 2011.
They are now suing Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises, of Surrey, claiming up to £500,000 in damages. www.thisisbristol...
Sri Lankan Master honoured by ‘Lloyd’s List’ for seamanship and courage
A Sri Lankan Master Mariner, working for The China Navigation Company, a part of the Swire Group has been honored with the Global award for seamanship and courage by the Lloyd’s list.
Captain Vimar Vidanagamage of the MV Kwangtung was awarded with the latest honor for demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism and “esprit de corps”, during the two day search and rescue operation launched following the sinking of the inter-island ferry MV Rabaul Queen.
The ferry was capsized in heavy weather off Papua New Guinea in February this year.
However, the rescue operation launched by people like captain Vidanagamage has saved the lives of 246 of the 407 people on board the ferry. www.news360.lk/ot...
(Specialized Cargo Ship > Heavy Load Carrier)
A large crane was being loaded on the "STORM" in Valencia destined to the Port of Castellon (just 35 NM) away when the crane lost stability and fell into the water. The cost of this second hand crane was said to be in the region of 2 to 4 million euros. Despite all personel around no personal injurioes were reported. Video can be seen in www.elcorreo.com/...
IHC Merwede delivers DCI DREDGE XIX three weeks ahead of schedule
On Thursday 15 November, the delivery of the 5,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger, DCI DREDGE XIX, took place at Waalhaven in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The dredger was received by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) Manager Mr YSR Murthy three weeks ahead of the contractual delivery date, the Company press release said. DCI DREDGE XIX is the first vessel from a series of three which also includes the DCI DREDGE XX and DCI DREDGE XXI. The vessel will be deployed (with others) for the maintenance dredging project on the Hooghly River, which is a tributary of the Ganges River in West Bengal.
Norovirus cruise ship passengers on Voyager of the Seas may get compensation
As Radio NZ reports, Passengers who have fallen ill on cruise ship Voyager of the Seas that has experienced at least three outbreaks of Norovirus this year may be compensated. In the past 10 months, hundreds of passengers on the Voyager of the Seas have been affected by the highly contagious stomach bug. Five passengers on a cruise that docked in Auckland on Wednesday morning were made to stay on the ship because they had been stricken with the virus.
About 135 passengers on an earlier cruise on the ship fell ill last week while travelling from Wellington to Sydney.
Adam Armstrong, commercial director of the ship's owner Royal Caribbean International, says passengers who fell ill may be compensated on a case-by-case basis.
He defended the ship's hygiene standards, saying he is confident that they remain high and meet international standards. Mr Armstrong says Norovirus is a common problem on cruises and the doctor on Voyage of the Seas will continue to monitor the situation. www.radionz.co.nz...
Yacht to be transported to America in trouble before loading operation
On Nov 24, 2012, the "Stadiongracht" sailed from Eemshaven bound for Baltimore, on its deck the yacht "Blue" which hade come to port from Delfzijl to be taken along to America aboard the cargo ship. The delivery voyage was, however, troubled, as on Nov 23 at 6:23 p.m. the KNRM rescue station at Eemshaven was alerted that the boat was adrift in the port entrance following an engine failure with one person on board. The engine had stopped as it was short of fuel between the buoys 34 and 36. Within 20 minutes, the lifeboat "Jan en Titia Visser" was on the spot and took the yacht in tow.
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