Florida senator calls for investigation of Royal Caribbean after storm incident
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate Royal Caribbean after one of its cruise ships knowingly sailed into a massive storm last weekend.
After leaving it's home port in New Jersey on Saturday, the 168,666-ton ship, Anthem of the Seas, was scheduled to reach Port Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, but after experiencing winds of more than 100 mph and waves as high as 30 feet on Sunday, the ship was forced to turn around.
The storm left only minor damage to the ship, but resulted in four passengers with minor injuries. www.orlandoweekly...
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE CAPTAIN: WEATHER FORECAST WASN’T ‘ANYTHING NEAR’ WHAT HAPPENED
The captain of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by terrifying, hurricane-force winds off the coast of the Carolinas Sunday told passengers that the forecast wasn’t “anything near what we actually experienced.”
“What we experienced yesterday, that was something very special,” Anthem of the Seas’ ship master Claus Andre Andersen said in a video produced by Royal Caribbean on Monday. “I honestly have not seen a low pressure that was not forecasted, anything near what we actually experienced.”
The captain’s video aired on an in-house channel in guest staterooms Monday, one day after passengers and crew members endured wind gusts topping 76 miles per hour and waves nearly 40 feet high. The rough seas forced the captain to turn the Bahamas-bound ship around.
In Royal Caribbean’s video, which passenger Sean Ferguson filmed and provided to ABC News, Andersen tells the cruise director that at 10 a.m. Sunday, “everything was nice and dandy.” At 1 p.m., after speaking on the phone with the Miami office, Andersen walked onto the bridge as the winds started to pick up.
That’s when Andersen noticed the wind was “stronger than what it was forecasted. Quite a bit stronger…it just didn’t stop.”
“It just became so intensified. In eight or nine hours, it goes from being nothing to a full-blown storm,” he said.
The weather toppled chairs, broke ceilings and shattered glasses. No one was seriously injured. Passenger Jessica Sheridan, who’s on the ship with her husband and 20-month-old son, told ABC News Tuesday that she was afraid for her life as the boat tipped side to side. kticradio.com/abc...
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a notice that the "Noah Satu" cannot enter or use any Australian port after it failed to comply with all the mandatory reporting requirements for vessels moving across the Great Barrier Reef zone. The current direction was issued on Feb 4, 2016, and will remain in effect for the next 12 months. The ship, which was on charter to Orica, Singapore, failed to comply with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and the Maritime Labour Convention.
Having been banned from Australian ports for three months in Sep 2015, the beleaguered ship returned to Australian waters on Jan 26 before being subjected to state control port inspection in Queensland’s Port Alma.
The ship was again detained, due to failings in the vessel’s safety management system related to safe navigational practice, communications, pollution prevention arrangements, firefighting systems and hours of work and rest for the seafarers.
The vessel has been detained by AMSA five times since August 2013 on grounds of non-compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention and deficiencies related to equipment, general operations, pollution prevention requirements and safety management system including, navigation and fire safety regulations.
First Damen tug for Fratelli Neri for use at Livorno
Fratelli Neri S.p.A has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 3212. The new vessel, called Luisa Neri, was handed over from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands, on 25 January 2016. The vessel represents two firsts: it is Fratelli Neri’s first Damen newbuild tug and it is the first ASD Tug in the Mediterranean with a Damen render-recovery winch. As one of the largest tug owners in Italy, Fratelli Neri will be putting the Luisa Neri to use in its home port of Livorno.
In spite of continuing major shortcomings the Transport Agency gave permission for the "Whiskey Trio" to leave the port of Varberg. The ship has been detained in the port of Varberg for nearly three weeks because of the crew's poor conditions and poor security. During the inspection of some of the deficiencies identified earlier the inspectors found some new ones which were, however, not of serious nature. One example of a deficiency that exists is that the fire detection system is out. A solution to this may be to let the crew go patrol.
Now the ship will be sent to a repair yard. The Transportation Board will submit a report to the ship's next port of call so that the shortcomings that have not yet been corrected can be repaired. Parts of the crew have also been replaced. Four crew members left the ship which sailed from the port of Varberg on Feb 9 at 7 p.m. The vessel was empty of cargo.
Swedish reports with photos:
Experts of the Dutch salvage company Smit Salvage, which was contracted to recover the capsized "Sea Worker" in the North Sea off Bjerregaard, were coming from Hvide Sande to the grounding site in the morning of Feb 10. They started to make various investigations and plans what is going to happen. The "Gunnar Seidenfaden" has not yet been ordered by the Defence Operation Centre to set to sea. The anti pollution ship must be present, ready to intervene if there is an oil spill from the barge during the salvage operation.
Mystery surrounding distress calls of fishing vessels
Two EPIRB, belonging to the fishing vessel "Adex" and the "Nort", were activated on Feb 7, 2016, in the Okhotsk Sea about 130 miles west of Paramushir island in the Kuril Archipelago. An SAR operation was launched, on Feb 8 and 9 a surveillance aircraft was searching the area. Several immersion suits were found, and later an empty life raft. The cews reportedly comprised of Russian nationalities. RThe "Adex" had arrived at Petropavlovsk port, Kamchatka, on Dec 8, 2015, and was arrested by Russian Coast Guard suspected for illegal fishing. The vessel fled from Petropavlovsk on New Years eve. The last known AIS signal was received from Dec 16, Japan sea, off Hokkaido island, Japan.
Mystery surrounding distress calls of fishing vessels
Two EPIRB, belonging to the "Adex" and the reefer "Nort", were activated on Feb 7, 2016, in the Okhotsk Sea about 130 miles west of Paramushir island in the Kuril Archipelago. An SAR operation was launched, on Feb 8 and 9 a surveillance aircraft was searching the area. Several immersion suits were found, and later an empty life raft. The cews reportedly comprised of Russian nationalities. RThe "Adex" had arrived at Petropavlovsk port, Kamchatka, on Dec 8, 2015, and was arrested by Russian Coast Guard suspected for illegal fishing. The vessel fled from Petropavlovsk on New Years eve. The last known AIS signal was received from Dec 16, Japan sea, off Hokkaido island, Japan.
The "BBC Ostfriesland" suffered steering failure while en route from Castellon to Zeebrugge in rough seas around Feb 2, 2016. The owner contracted LOF Multraship Salvage BV and Smit Belgium with the salvage, and the ship was subsequently taken in tow and arrived at Container Handling Zeebrugge on Feb 9 at noon.
The "Futura Carrier" was towed to Flushing on Feb 9, 2016, after an engine failure coming from the A1, enroute from Casablanca to Hoboken. The vessel was towed by "Multratug 27" and "Multratug 20" as stern tug. It was docked in de Bijleveld Port at 5.20 p.m.
Dutch report with photos: