"Pacific Explorer" spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into Great Barrier Reef marine park
The "Pacific Explorer" spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef marine park on Aug 26, 2018, a Senate estimates hearing has heard. The Greens senator Larissa Waters told the hearing a report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – which was investigating the incident – had been supplied to her anonymously. The report said the spill occurred after food waste was transferred to the "Pacific Explorer"’s galley holding tank due to a shortage in capacity in its food waste tanks. Waste from the galley tank was then discharged by engineers in the marine park. The report said the vessel became aware of the incident late on Aug 27. The hearing heard P&O reported the spill to the AMSA but the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was not informed until Sep 4. The authority said it would supply more information on notice, including whether the incident had been made public, and what, if any, environmental impact had occurred. The authority’s chairman, Russell Reichelt, later made a statement to the hearing that the AMSA was still investigating. A pilot was on board the vessel and the marine park authority was advised of that report on the Sep 4. After the hearing, Waters questioned why the incident had not been made public. She also expressed concern the vessel was one of the ships being leased for events as part of November’s Apec summit in Port Moresby. P&O said the company had self-reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority that it was suspected there had been an unintentional discharge of a limited amount of pulped and sieved food waste while the "Pacific Explorer" was off the coast of Queensland. Any unintentional discharge of food waste would have been in the order of seven cubic metres. It was an isolated incident and the cruise line was cooperating with AMSA’s investigation.
Australians and Russian woman kicked off cruise ship after brawl
A group of Australian men kicked off the "Pacific Explorer" after an out-of-control brawl broke out on board in the morning of Feb 1, 2018. After the brawl, security separated the men and they were detained. A man with qn injury was treated by medical personnel on board. A Russian woman named Tatiana Baladina has been charged with assault for allegedly hitting a 21-year-old man with an empty wine bottle, causing lacerations to his head. Police will allege Baladina, 37, struck the man during a clash between rival bucks parties on the three day cruise. The cruise ship was forced to return to Sydney after the brawl. Police met the vessel at Bradleys Head on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, and removed six men and a woman. Ms Baladina was taken to Newtown Police Station where she was charged with reckless wounding and affray. The six men were released without charge. Ms Baladina has been granted conditional bail and will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on March 9. Report with video: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/cruises/p-o-cruise-ship-brawl-forces-police-to-remove-seven-passengers/news-story/8d29a0e5225198aa26c63409c4913a88
Comic Figure Dora the Explorer to be godmother for Pacific Explorer
In a cruise industry first, P&O Cruises Australia has named popular Nickelodeon character Dora the Explorer as godmother of its latest ship Pacific Explorer. Dora the Explorer will officially christen Pacific Explorer at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal on 2 July alongside Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skye from PAW Patrol. Fans can win tickets to the celebration by visiting www.nick.com.au/win before 25 June 2017. “We’re excited for Dora to take on her new role as godmother of Pacific Explorer,” said Ben Cox, general manager of Nickelodeon Australia. “Nickelodeon is synonymous with family entertainment and we can't wait to bring our characters onboard this fantastic ship to host the best family party yet.” Formerly Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess, Pacific Explorer was recently converted in a multimillion-dollar project at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The ship was fitted with various innovations, including the longest waterslides at sea, an interactive water park, an outdoor Big Screen, a barefoot lawn bowls, and P&OEdge Adventure Park – with activities such as zip lining and rock climbing. http://www.cruiseandferry.net/articles/dora-the-explorer-to-be-godmother-for-pacific-explorer#.WVNgQGjyi9IUpload News