A Royal Caribbean cruise has docked in Norfolk for the first time.
Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas came into port at Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum on the Norfolk waterfront, around 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a short stop.
Nearly 3,000 passengers came ashore, some spending the day touring the city and others visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.
While tourists enjoyed the sights, 15 truckloads of food, beverage and hotel items were loaded onto the vessel before it left the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Terminal.
The ship will continue on a trans-Atlantic crossing to Ireland and England. City officials say this is the first time Norfolk has been utilized as a departure point for such an itinerary.
The "Hessen" saven 200 migrants from a distressed wooden boat about 250 kilometers south of Lampedusa in the morning of May 8, 2015. The castaways were to be taken to an Italian port following the evacuation from board. The frigate is operating jointly with the "Berlin" in an area south of Italy.
On May 6, 2015, the "Intermezzo“ suffered engine problems at Paal 8 off West-Terschelling. At 6.55 p.m. the KNRM station West-Terschelling was alerted to the boat which was underway from Bremen to Sidlesham which was adrift in SW winds of 9-10 Beaufort and wave heights of four meters. The lifeboat "Frans Hogewind" transferred two men aboard and established a towing connection which was then taken over by the lifeboat "Arie Visser" which towed the catamaran to the marine in Terschelling.
Dutch report with photos:
Work aboard the "Sorrento" on May 7 found an unexpected obstacle in the form of carbon monoxide, which remained accumulated inside the wreck. Svitzer salvage placed dozens of large fans and exhaust fans, powered by the generators aboard, to vent the rooms. A group of divers was inspecting the hull which apparently has not suffered any damage. Grimaldi stated that the fire possibly started due to a short-circuit of a car stowed on the main deck of the ship.
The "Ullensvang" had to be withdrawn from the ferry service
Sulesund-Hareid on May 8, 2015, due to technical problems. The ship was sidelined at the quay in Hareid after she encountered berthing problems, leaving only the "Tidefjord" on the route.
On May 7, 2015, at 7.30 p.m. the "Aries" allided with a bridge on the Main-Danube-Canal. The wheelhouse was torn off in the accident short before the Nürnberg lock while the ship was enroute from Erlangen to Linz. The wheelhouse could not be lowered down enough due to a technical failure. The Hugarian master was not injured. The damage was estimated to be around 150000 Euro. Damage to the bridge had yet to be surveyed. The water police Nürnberg launched an investigation.
German report with photos:
CMA CGM KERGUELEN to be christened in Le Havre on May 12
The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce that the CMA CGM KERGUELEN, the Group’s largest vessel, crossed the Suez Canal for the first time on May 2nd, 2015. On this occasion, the Suez Canal Authority Chairman, the Admiral Mohab Mameesh, boarded the CMA CGM KERGUELEN and completed a section of Ehe Canal crossing. The CMA CGM KERGUELEN will cross the canal twice during her 77 days rotation between Asia, the Mediterranean and North Europe, and back.
Delivered on March 31 in Korea, the CMA CGM KERGUELEN is sailing towards Tangier (Morocco) where she will call on May 7, and, then towards Europe. She will be christened in Le Havre on May 12.
High-Tech Buoy Tender vessel delivered ahead of time under IRClass
IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping), a leading Classification society and member of IACS, has just completed the new construction survey of a high value, technologically sophisticated Buoy Tender cum multi-purpose vessel built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (India) under single class. The new vessel MV Indira Point, 72 mts long, 1350 tons DWT, fitted with Hele-deck and a 35 tons capacity crane for handling buoys in deep seas was handed over to the Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships (DGLL India) in April after completing ahead of schedule by the yard under close supervision of IRClass.
P&O Azura has undergone repairs in Norway for a “technical issue” with the ship's electrical system, and will return to Southampton 24 hours later than scheduled, delaying the next cruise by 48 hours and altering the itineraries of both cruises.
The delay began when a technical problem with the ship's electrical system forced the ship to stay in port in Flam, Norway, to allow a team of experts to assess the problem. Azura then overnighted in Bergen last night (May 6) to allow for repairs to the ship.
Several updates to P&O's Facebook page have provided details about the current status of the ship and the changes to its upcoming cruise.
This morning, the line posted: “Azura has completed the repair and we have undertaken extensive testing overnight. Azura has now left Bergen to return to Southampton where she will arrive on Saturday, where guests on the current cruise will be able to disembark. As there are already four ships scheduled to be in Southampton on Saturday the port is completely full so unfortunately, those passengers joining Azura will start their cruise on Sunday.”
Further updates have provided details for passengers embarking on the ship's next cruise. Boarding will take place on Sunday at the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and will be staggered by deck. More at www.cruisecritic....