Island Windjammers Diamant is undergoing a refurbishment that will add an Owners Suite to the sailing schooner and reduce capacity to 10 passengers. Two small cabins in the fore of the vessel will be combined into one on the 101-foot schooner to make the larger room, which will also feature more amenities. Other cabins will also be renovated while still preserving the ship's character. Diamant sails the Grenadine islands from Grenada and St. Lucia.
Norwegian Getaway Chartered as Hotel for Rio Olympics
Norwegian Getaway will serve as a floating hotel in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The company Landry & Kling chartered the 4,028-passenger vessel for 40 nights, on behalf of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, according to a news release. Norwegian Getaway left Miami on July 24 and will be berthed at Rio's Pier Maua from August 4 to 22, providing housing for corporate sponsors, members of the International Olympic Federation, the National Organizing Committees, the Rio Host Committee and its guests, Landry & Kling said. www.cruisecritic....
Royal Caribbean Pushes Back Empress of the Seas' Cuba Sailings
Royal Caribbean has pushed back its planned entry into Cuba yet again, after still not receiving permission from the country to cruise there.
As originally announced by cruise line president and CEO Michael Bayley in May, Royal Caribbean had originally hoped to have Empress of the Seas sailing Cuba itineraries from Miami by late July. With that in mind, Royal Caribbean had only announced Caribbean sailings for Empress through June. When permission was not forthcoming in the early part of the summer, the line opened nearly two more months of four- and five-night Caribbean cruises. Now Royal Caribbean has opened Caribbean bookings for Empress of the Seas through the end of October.
Carnival Corp's Fathom is the only cruise line sailing to Cuba at present, but Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and Ponant have all received permission from Cuba to begin sailing to the island in late 2016 or 2017; Victory Cruise Lines and Pearl Seas are selling Cuba cruises, but have not received approval. www.cruisecritic....
British Navy Sees Delay In Delivery Of South Korean-Built Tanker
The first of four fleet tankers being built in South Korea to support Royal Navy operations still has not been accepted by the British Ministry of Defence, seven months after it was due to be handed over.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Tidespring was expected to be accepted off contract by the British in January this year with the expectation it would enter service in September. But the vessel, part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) program, is still undergoing trials with builder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.
It is unclear exactly what has triggered the delay in the handover of the tankers.
The MoD declined to answer questions about the delay in accepting the tanker or when the Tidespring would sail for the UK.
On her arrival in the UK the tanker is due to enter the A&P yard at Falmouth, western England, for fitting with sensitive equipment like self-defense weapons, ballistic protection and communications systems. www.defensenews.c...
Vessel worker sustains minor hip injury after falling from stairs
A worker aboard the research vessel Strait Explorer sustained a minor hip injury when he fell Sunday morning.
The employee was entering the ship's engine room when he fell from the bottom rung of a set of stairs around 7:30 a.m.
The Strait Explorer is working in support of the seismic vessel, Atlantic Explorer. When the worker was injured, the Atlantic Explorer was contacted and its medic sent over to the other ship to assess the patient.
The injured person was transported to St. John's via the Strait Explorer for treatment.
The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board was notified of the injury by the Norwegian company Multi Klient Invest AS. www.cbc.ca/news/c...
A seaman is suing an offshore shipping business, alleging its negligence led to him sustaining injuries.
Robert Wiltz filed a lawsuit July 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Island Ventures LLC, alleging negligence in failing to provide a seaworthy vessel.
According to the complaint, on April 19, 2015, while aboard the M/V Kobe Chouest in the Gulf of Mexico working as a seaman, Wiltz sustained severe injuries to his neck and spine causing him to suffer loss of wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and permanent disability.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to provide a safe vessel to work, failed to give warnings to its workers and failed to provide a well-planned operation. louisianarecord.c...
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Panic as 77 passengers and crew evacuated from a ferry in Marseille after WWII ammunition 'explodes' in the seabed
A ferry has been evacuated at a French port after an explosion was heard as passengers were boarding. The incident has took place in Joliette, in Marseille, this morning on the 9am service to Sardinia. Reports in France say that 77 passengers and crew were forced to flee the Jean Nicoli ferry after the explosion was heard. Police in Marseille believe the explosion came from World War Two ammunition lying in the seabed. Deputy prosecutor of Marseille, Jean-Jacques Fagni said: 'We are moving towards an accidental explosion, we think it's an ammunition - what type of ammunition is not clear yet. 'It must date from the Second World War as it exploded in depth the passage of the boat.' When the incident, many people were panicking over the bomb scare. France has drafted in heavily armed soldiers and police to its ports in fear of ISIS jihadis boarding ferries. The specialist forces have been called upon following intelligence warnings that ferries could be at risk. A bomb squad and dog unit arrived at Joliette to investigate the cause of the explosion. The heightened risk of a terrorist attack across the Channel comes after the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice, which killed 84 people and the execution of a priest in a Normandy church. The French president Francois Hollande said he would increase armed security at transport hubs and crowded areas, but the appearance of soldiers at Calais is said to have shocked British authorities source : Dailymail
August 1 - Coscol's semi-submersible vessel, Xia Zhi Yuan, has shipped four LNG modules from China's Port of Tianjin to the Port of Sabetta in Russia for the Yamal LNG project. Xia Zhi Yuan is the second Chinese cargo ship to sail via the Northeast Passage from China to Europe.
The first Chinese vessel to make the trip - Coscol's multipurpose ship Yong Sheng - made its third voyage via the Northern Sea Route in July, transporting wind turbine blades from China to the UK. www.heavyliftpfi....
Dense Fog at Santos port delays containership by seven hours
Record fog is delaying shipments at South America’s busiest port of Santos, Brazil, adding to other woes shippers are coping with, including from customs slowdowns and a recurring labor dispute between terminal operators and dockworkers. The Santos entrance channel was closed on Monday beginning at 2:45 a.m. EST and only reopened at 1:30 p.m. EST, delaying 11 ships, including four container ships, according to Codesp, the port authority for Santos. Two of the four delayed container ships were the Hamburg Sud vessels CAP San Raphael, with a capacity of 9,814 twenty-foot-equivalent units, and the Fernão de Magalhães, with a capacity of 3,765 TEUs. Their departures were delayed from the Santos Brasil-operated Tecon Santos terminal by between seven and nine hours.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line Liable For Norovirus Outbreak On Ship
Passengers on board the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Boudicca ship who suffered from symptoms of the norovirus are entitled to compensation. The Court of Appeal in the U.K. rejected an appeal by the cruise line and found it liable.
The norovirus case is interesting because it's the first time that a court has awarded compensation to cruise ship guests for the illness. Sixteen passengers complained about symptoms diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach cramps, while sailing on the Boudicca to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and the Iberian Peninsula in March and April 2011.