Victory Cruise Lines Receives Approval for Cuba Cruises
Victory Cruise Lines, a small ship company started in 2016, has received approval to bring their sole ship, Victory I, to Cuba.
In addition to Havana, the line plans to bring its 202-passenger vessel to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and Maria La Gorda. While itineraries aren't set yet, the line wants to have overnight stops in at least three ports, said Bruce Nierenberg, president and CEO of Victory Cruise Lines.
"Being a small ship company, we will be seeking most of our berths in the smaller less visited ports as we can fit into all the ports in Cuba that would be able to host a cruise product," he told Cruise Critic in an email. "We will work closely with the Cuban authorities to come up with the best combination of ports and cruise lengths that our client demographic looks for."
The future of Cuba cruising has seemed uncertain in recent weeks, as cruise lines waited to see if President Trump would drastically roll back travel to the Caribbean's largest island. Last Friday, Trump said that he would crack down on independent travel, but that group travel through people to people -- which most cruise lines sailing to Cuba had adopted -- would be allowed to continue. www.cruisecritic....
The departure of the "Arcadia" from the Ostsee Quay in Kiel which was scheduled for 4.30 p.m. on June 21, 2017, towards Stockholm was delayed: Within two minutes, two passengers on the ship, on which youth are not allowed to sail, had suffered heart attacks. During the supply by the crew immediately the rescue service were alerted. Two vehicles of the Workers' Samaritan League and an emergency physician from the fire brigade attended and took care of the patients, who were taken to the University Hospital in Kiel shortly after 6 p.m. Only then the "Arcadia" could leave the port.
On June 21, 2017 around 4:00 p.m., the CROSS Étel was informed by the MRCC in Madrid that a 57 year old, Spanish crew member of the "Gure Leire" had suffere a leg injury and would have to be medevaced by helicopter. The ship was located 80 miles SW of La Rochelle. Following a medical conference between the CROSS Étel and the SAMU in Bayonne, the decision was taken to take the victim off with a Dauphin helicopter of the Navy Base in La Rochelle. The helicopter joined the fishing vessel around 6 p.m. The patient was taken care of by the medical team of the SMUR and then hoisted aboard the Dauphin which then headed towards the hospital of La Rochelle. The fisherman was taken care of by the medical team of the hospital at 7.10 p.m.
In the afternoon of June 20, 2017, the "Spar Lyra" collided with the Vietnamese fishing vessel "TG 94169 TS" 14 miles off the coast in the Vung Tau area of the South China Sea. The cargo ship fled the scene after the collision, the fishing vessel sank. Its 12 crew were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel and later transferred to Coast Guard ship, no injures reported. The "Spar Lyra" was en route from Vung Tau to Singapore and was anchored on Singapore roads by June 22.
On June 21, 2017, the "Flevoborg" ran aground on the St. Lawrence River in front of Sainte-Croix in Lotbinière on the south side of the fairway. The ship was coming from Montreal, where it had sailed at 7.15 a.m. carrying a cargo of maize, and was heading eastwards bound to Warrenpoint, when the engines failed and it got stuck. The vessel did not interfere with passing ship traffic. With the help of tugs, the rising tide and pumping water from the ballasts tanks, the ship managed to refloat by itself in the early evening. As the engines were still not working, the "Flevoborg" was towed to Quebec for repairs, where it berthed around 11.30 p.m.
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The "Sunshine State" assisted the sinking trawler "Footprint" approximately 80 miles southeast of Galveston on June 20, 2017. At about 9 p.m., the 68-foot shrimping trawler with four people aboard broadcasted a mayday over VHF marine band channel 16, which was partially received by Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders. The entire transmission was overheard by the "Sunshine State", which assisted in relaying the rest of it to the watchstanders. They reported the trawler was taking on water and its onboard pumps were not working fast enough.
A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew was dispatched along with an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter "Pompano", an 87-foot patrol boat.
At 1:26 a.m. on June 21, the helicopter arrived on scene and the crew attempted to lower a rescue swimmer, but was unable to do so due to weather conditions. The aircrew then lowered a dewatering pump, which the trawler crew was able to use to stop the vessel from sinking. The "Footprint" began making its way towards Freeport at 3:35 a.m., under the escort of the "Pompano", and arrived at the Freeport jetties at 11:29 a.m.
The Ocean Sentry aircrew provided air support to maintain visual contact and radio communications while the helicopter was on scene.
Pirates boarded the "Buena Suerte" next to Singapore already in early May. An engineer had discovered six men armed with knives in the engine room. They forced him to show the way out of the engine room, after which he could raise alarm. The pirates fled without having stolen anything, and there were no reports of injured persons.
The attack on the "Buena Suerte" was one of six pirate attacks reported in Asia in May 2017, which was almost 50 % less compared with the previous year. During the first five months of this year, the number of pirate attacks in the region has declined by 31 % due to improvements in ports and anchorages in India, Vietnam and Indonesia. At the same time there has been an increase in the number of attacks off the coast of Somalia.