Investigation report into allision published
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Feb 14, 2020, has released its report about the allision of the 'Norwegian Epic' with two of the mooring dolphins at San Juan Cruise Port, Pier 3 east, in Puerto Rico on Feb 12, 2019. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the incident was a lack of communication and coordination between the Master and Pilot, which resulted in a poorly executed docking manoeuvre. The vessel had an inoperable port shaft at the time. According to both the master and pilot, they discussed the docking manoeuvre during their initial master/pilot exchange. Damage to the mooring dolphins and connecting catwalks was estimated at $3.5 million, and damage to the vessel was estimated at $200,000.
Passenger died on board
A passenger aboard the 'Norwegian Epic' suffered a respiratory arrest on Jan 1, 2020, and died aboard the cruise ship. He was identified as Sterling Euchin Smith, 54, a resident of the state of Florida. Smith died at 7:40 a.m. as a result of respiratory arrest and previous medical conditions. The cruise ship arrived at the Pan American Pier in Isla Grande on Jan 5, and the authorities were informed. The prosecutor of the Criminal Investigation Corps of San Juan investigated.
Passenger missing off Mallorca
A female passenger of the "Norwegian Epic" was missing on June 8, 2019, at 8.30 a.m. and could have fallen into the sea. The adult female was an American teenager. Her parents went to sleep around 1 a.m. while she was sitting on their balcony. When they awoke the next morning they couldn’t find her and alerted the ship’s crew, who supposedly confirmed with camera footage that she was last seen entering her cabin. The cruise ship turned around, and the captain asked all passengers to keep lookout. Two Maritime Rescue helicopters, a speed boat and an Air Rescue Service (SAR) aircraft started a search in waters north-northwest of Minorca. The Helimer 220 helicopters arrived from the Palma airport, and the "Salvamar Aldebaran" of Salvemento Marítimo as well as a rapid intervention boat based in Ciutadella, were informed the MRCC of the Balearic Islands. During the search, another alert was received by the sailboat "Lucky Bird", which was in a nearby position. The helicopter Helimer 220 was deployed to rescued the two sailors' of the yacht which had suffererd water ingress and transported them to Palma. Subsequently, the helicopter resumed the search for the passenger of the cruise ship along with another device of the MRCC base in Reus, an aircraft from Mallorca and the cruise ship. On June 9 the search for the South Korean girl was aborted. Northeast winds from 15-25 m.p.h. were near Palma with wave heights were between 5 and 10 feet near and north of Palma. The port call to Mallorca was canceled and the ship was scheduled to return to Barcelona on June 9. Spanish report with photos: https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/3664523/0/busqueda-pasajera-crucero-caido-mar-menorca/Upload News