On Apr 18, 2018, the "Michelle Sloan" assisted the 47.ft-f/v "Midori" which had caught fire at 9 a.m. 10 miles west of Trinidad, Florida. A crewmember from the distressed fishing vessel contacted another fishing vessel, the "Charlie D", via cell phone to report the fire. The crew of the "Charlie D" in turn contacted the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay via VHF channel 16, reporting the "Midori" was on fire with five crewmembers preparing to abandon ship. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a 47-foot lifeboat crew to assist. The "Midori" crew donned their survival suits and abandoned ship into a life raft. The fishing vessel "Pacific Bully" rescued all five crew members before the helicopter and boat arrived at the location to find the vessel’s pilothouse engulfed in flames. Shortly after, the nearby "Michelle Sloan" diverted from its course and extinguished the fire aboard the Midori. The Coast Guard was coordinating fuel removal and salvage operations on Apr 19. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Humboldt Bay pollution responders have determined the "Midori" was safe to be towed to the Eureka Municipal docks, where the 1,500 gallons of diesel were to be removed. Before the vessel was towed to port, a helicopter crew from Sector Humboldt Bay conducted an additional overflight in the evening of Apr 18 to assess any potential pollution and saw no signs of a spill in the area where the vessel caught fire.
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A legal dispute has left 15 Indian seafarers and one Pakistani seafarer stranded onboard a tanker off the UAE for over a year. Meanwhile, another 16 Ukrainian seafarers who were stranded off Casablanca have now been paid and repatriated.
The crew of the Panama-flagged tanker MT Zoya 1, currently moored 15 miles off the UAE, have not been paid for four months. Their passports have been in the possession of UAE authorities since October 1, 2017 following a legal dispute with shipowner ECB International. Ship managers Aurum Ship Management has asked the owner to pay salaries and port fees as soon as possible, but the request has not been actioned. The men are being provided with food and water, and Indian diplomatic missions are currently working with local authorities to help resolve the situation.
Offshore services firm Bumi Armada Berhad has had to shut down the FPSO Armada Perdana at Nigeria's Oyo field due to a legal action on shore.
In a notice provided to Bumi Armada, lease operator Erin Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL) asserted that an unspecified "force majeure event" had occured. EPNL, a subsidiary of Houston-based Erin Energy, asked for an orderly shutdown of the Perdana's operations.
In addition, EPNL notified Bumi Armada that all the crude oil to be produced and stored on board the Perdana has been seized/attached by a court in Lagos. The action relates to a legal matter involving a third party and does not involve Bumi Armada directly, the firm said.
Gallery: Silver Spirit luxury cruise ship cut in two and extended
Silver Spirit, a luxury cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises, was recently the centre of attention at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, when the vessel was cut in two as part of an ambitious lengthening project. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2018/04/gallery-silver-spirit-luxury-cruise-ship-cut-in-two-and-extended/
Cruise Line Announces Cruises to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Fiji in 2019
Luxury cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises has announced cruises to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, and the South Pacific for 2019. Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin. The cruise line released a brochure highlighting these incredible cruises.
Due to damage to one of the piers in the cruise port of Roatan, larger cruise ships will no longer be able to dock until repairs are completed. No damage has been detected to the western or the central part of the port, which can accommodate and allows for the arrival of smaller cruise ships. However, the east side of the port has suffered some 35 meters of destruction. This will limit the port’s ability to receiving only smaller vessels.
Collectively, the entire port counts on some 205 meters of dockable space. The impact is substantial, as it is, and cruise ship cancellations are being confirmed.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas was scheduled to arrive in Roatan for the first time on May 10. For the remainder of the season, all of the cruise ship’s scheduled visits to Roatan have been canceled. The ship will now have either a sea day or visit another cruise port in the Western Caribbean.
Princess Cruise Ship Heads to Alaska After Receiving Enhancements
The Sabatini’s specialty restaurant has changed its name to Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria and has been transformed with a fresh new design and menu. Guests can also participate in onboard pasta-making classes. Guests can also enjoy an extensive range of inclusive dining options with signature dishes designed by award-winning Chef Curtis Stone featured in the main dining room.
The signature ‘Movies Under the Stars’ outdoor cinema has been fitted with a new screen that delivers twice the picture definition of the previous screen and improved sound, allowing 160 guests to enjoy the latest blockbusters with stunning picture quality. Aesthetic enhancements were also made to The Shops of Princess to ensure a great guest shopping experience.
Golden Princess also features the new Princess Luxury Beds developed with board-of-medicine certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus to give guests a restful sleep whilst at sea. Club Class Mini-Suites offer priority embarkation/disembarkation, priority specialty dining reservations, dedicated servers and other services. The cruise ship has now embarked on Princess Cruises’ inaugural Singapore to Alaska cruise after dry dock in Singapore. This is the first time Princess Cruises is operating a direct cruise from Singapore to Alaska, meeting growing demand from Asian passengers who want to sail on an Alaskan cruise departing from a port close to home.
New Carnival Cruise Line Innovations on Carnival Horizon
New Carnival Horizon will eventually make Miami home, offering Caribbean sailings on a very nicely appointed ship that should fit right in. Airy, open top deck spaces combined with areas of the ship dedicated to sports, relaxation and family fun. Among the many innovations built into Carnival Horizon, sister-ship to Carnival Vista are new cruise ship features never before seen on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.
Dr Seuss Waterworks – Carnival’s integration of Dr Seuss is complete now with the Dr Seuss element applied in Fun and interesting ways. Instead of babysitters, the program staffs youth spaces with crew who have been educators on land. Ramping up the family fun is Dr Seuss Waterworks, basically a non stop waterpark with multiple features.
Smart Elevators – Old school: You want to go from deck 3 to deck 11 so you push the UP button on one of several elevators then watch to see which one is coming your way. Once it arrives, get in and hope it does not stop on decks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 too or this is going to take forever. https://cruisefever.net/new-carnival-cruise-line-innovations-on-their-newest-cruise-ship/
Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Their Newest Ship, Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of their newest cruise ship, Norwegian Bliss, earlier on April 19, 2018during a ceremony held at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Norwegian Bliss is the 16th cruise ship in the cruise line’s fleet. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic journey on April 21.