Marella Cruises Confirms Plans to Retire its "Classic Ships"
Marella Cruises has revealed it is set to retire its so-called "classic ships" -- Marella Dream and Marella Celebration -- in five years' time. The two ships, who between them have clocked up an impressive 68 years' service, will leave the Marella fleet by 2024, according to the line's managing director, Chris Hackney. Speaking to Cruise Critic, Hackney said: "They've been in the fleet a number of years and the next stage will be looking at replacement plans for when we retire those ships further down the line. "I would say they [Dream and Celebration] will retire in the next five years. That's realistically the timeline. We haven't got concrete plans for when they leave and what replacement options will be -- clearly we are in the market to grow and not shrink," Hackney revealed.
Cruise ship caused oil spill in Palma
On May 1, 2018, the "Marella Dream" suffered a leak in a fuel tank and caused a fuel stain in the port of Palma de Mallorca which forced the emergency services to work throughout the night to remove it. The ship had docked at the West Dock where the leakage occurred around 10 a.m., affecting the ballasting system of the vessel and has produced a fuel spill at the stern. The ship itself has deployed some containment means so that the fuel stain could not spread further. After two hours of work, most of the fuel has been confined behind the barriers located at the stern of the ship, and the resorption work has begun, which turned out to be a very laborious tasks despite the fact that the spillage has been limited. At the same time Salvemento Maritímo laid out absorption barriers in other areas of the port into which fuel had drifted. On May 2 at 1.50 a.m. the cruise ship left the port, bound for Citivacecchia, ETA May 3 at 6 a.m. so that the quay area could be accessed too by the emergency forces. Spanish reports with photos: https://ultimahora.es/noticias/local/2018/05/01/997319/contienen-vertido-crucero-dique-del-oeste-del-puerto-palma.html https://okdiario.com/sociedad/sucesos/2018/05/01/crucero-provoca-vertido-fuel-puerto-palma-2208581 http://www.diariodemallorca.es/mallorca/2018/05/01/crucero-provoca-vertido-combustible-aguas/1309364.html
Cruise ship found empty life raft
In the night from Oct 12 to 13, 2015, the "Thomson Dream" stopped when the crew noticed an abandoned life raft. The cruise ship was sailing from Olbia towards Naples. The ship stopped for around 40 minutes. The crew pulled the life raft to the shell doors and then went aboard to inspect it. The life raft was brand new and undamaged. It was too big to be taken onboard. It had a capacity of 100 plus, but no IMO number or other identification markings. The captain decided to cut the life raft free and notified the Italian Coastguard. Report with photo: http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/10/articles/rescue-1/mystery-life-raft/Upload News