P&O Cruises Ventura completes two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest
The P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura has just completed a two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest. Launched in 2008, this was the first visit of the 290-metre, 116,000 DWT vessel to the yard, where she underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works, the company said in its press release. Major features of the maintenance programme included the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers, for which Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) designed, manufactured and installed a sea chest. While the Ventura was in DSBr’s Drydock number 3, at 420m by 80m the largest of DSBr’s three dry docks, the hull was ultra-high-pressure water blasted and then, along with the superstructure, repainted. Additional works included maintenance of the propulsion systems and stabilisers, plus other minor repairs.
Medevac off Spanish coast
On March 11, 2018, the SAR helicopter Helimer 401 of Salvamento Maritimo medevaced a sick passenger from the "Ventura" amidst a storm at night 500 miles off the Galician coast, after flying from its base in La Coruña. In the late evening of March 10 in the middle of a storm, the "Ventura" requested the medical evacuation of the man. At the time, the cruise ship was more than 500 kilometers from the Spanish search and rescue (SAR) zone. The ship was reportedly requested to divert to a meeting point at the SAR limit. The Helimer 401 helicopter crew flew approximately 100 miles, with winds of more than 100 km, at night in the storm, to the rendezous point and hoisted the patient. The rescue helicopter then flew to the A Coruña airport in Galicia, where an ambulance took the passenger him to the hospital. The cruise ship was underway from Charleston to Southampton where it berthed on March 12. Video: https://twitter.com/salvamentogob/status/972870557489336321
Inquest into deadly jump from cruise ship
An inquest on Mar 17, 2016, heard that Shane Searle, who was suffering from anxiety, jumped to his death during a cruise aboard the "Ventura" on Oct 10, 2016. The 42-year-old man told his mother he was "going to heaven" before he fell to his death from the vessel. Shane Searle, from Exmouth, Devon, was last seen alive in the early hours of that day while the ship was passing the Isle of Wight on its way back to Southampton, Hampshire, from a Mediterranean cruise. The Winchester inquest heard that after it was realised Mr Searle had fallen overboard, the ship turned around and a major search including RNLI lifeboats was launched. His body was found on Nov 4 near Weymouth, Dorset, and had to be identified through a DNA test. His mother, Valerie Passmore, told the inquest that she had taken her son on the cruise to celebrate his birthday which was just before the departure. Mr Searle had a history of mental health problems going back about 10 years and in the days before his death he had talked about jumping off the ship as it would "really help with his head". He had visited the ship's doctor on two occasions suffering from anxiety as well as insomnia which he said was caused by the snoring of his stepfather, Charles Passmore, in the family's shared cabin. Mr Searle, who had been suffering from a cold, told the doctor that he thought he was dying. Mrs Passmore said that she thought the comments were about his physical condition he told her: "Mum, I'm going to heaven, will you come with me?" She said she told him that it was not his time and said: "Well, whoever gets there first will wait for the other." CCTV footage showed Mr Searle "letting himself go" from the side of the ship. Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Short said: "On the balance of probabilities, Shane took his own life while suffering from a severe mental illness and he intended to do so but the evidence doesn't prove this beyond reasonable doubt."Upload News