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January 31, 2014

Cruise-ship Crewman lost overboard

964-foot cruise ship CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION reported losing a crewman overboard in the Caribbean Sea near the Yukatan Channel. His absence was not discovered for eight hours as the vessel continued on her route.

Closed-circuit cameras were reviewed after a pair of shoes was discovered next to a deck railing; the video footage revealed a person going overboard. The ship crew were then able to calculate the incident location and alert the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida. The Coast Guard have not located the man, identified as Inyoman Bagiada, 45, from Indosesia. He was a cook on board.

May 29, 2013

Cruise Liner Deck Fire

915-foot cruise ship GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS suffered a fire in the aft mooring area at the third deck level. The fire travelled to the crew lounge on the aft fourth deck where it was doused by on-board firefighting personnel.

The fire was reported 35 nautical miles northwest Grand Bahama. The Coast Guard sent aid by air and sea as well as issued UMIB and AMVER alerts, then provided an escort to Freeport, Grand Bahama. Her next port of call would have been Coco Cay, halfway between Grand Bahama and New Providence, Bahamas. The rest of the seven day cruise has been cancelled and the guests on board will receive a return flight back to the States, a full refund of this cruise, and a voucher for a future trip.

According to reports, none of the 3,020 passengers and crew were injured, nor was there any reported necessity to evacuate the ship before reaching Freeport. GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS is operated by Royal Caribbean International and is Bahamian flagged, the NTSB will work with Bahamian authorities to investigate the cause of the fire.

April 18, 2013

Cruise ship pool near drowning

The incident occurred on March 30, a 4 year old boy nearly drowned right after the boy and his family boarded the Disney Fantasy ship in Port Canaveral for a cruise to the Western Caribbean. He was pulled from one of the ship's three pools, according to witnesses, unconscious and not breathing. He had been without oxygen for several minutes, although the exact time is not known. Rescuers performed CPR, and the boy was rushed to Cape Canaveral Hospital before being airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital.

April 16, 2013

Carnival Triumph - Again

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH should perhaps be renamed considering her trail of woes. Previously, on February 10, as CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was sailing about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula, an engine room fire took out her electrical power. CARNIVAL TRIUMPH was first adrift and then under tow for days before being towed to Mobile, Alabama, with 3,800 passengers and crew on board. During that time, the emergency power generator proved inadequate to the needs of all those people, resulting in significant hygiene and general health issues.

Now, on April 3, CARNIVAL TRIUMPH broke loose of her moorings at the BAE Shipyard in Mobile, AL, where she has continued to lay for repairs, and drifted into a cargo ship. One of the starboard stern decks, well above the waterline, sustained a 20-foot gash. None of the crew or repair workers on board were reported injured in this latest incident, and she is back at under control.

April 7, 2013

San Francisco Duck Boat Fire

San Francisco Duck Tour boats called the Coast Guard because of an engine compartment fire on May 5th. Reports list the number of passengers between 14 and 28 it appears that no one was injured. The duck boat operator had already activated the on-board fire suppression system and everyone was wearing life jackets devices by the time the Coast Guard and an San Francisco Fire Department fire boat arrived. The Coast Guard reports taking 14 passengers off the duck boat to Pier 52, while Westar Marine Services towed the duck boat to that same pier for an investigation into the cause of the fire.

February 13, 2013

Cruise Ship Under Tow

Disabled cruise ship CARNIVAL TRIUMPH is being escorted to Mobile, Alabama. Two tug boats involved are Fort Lauderdale-based RESOLVE PIONEER and St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged tug DABHOL. There is about 270 miles to go and they are scheduled to arrive in Mobile on Thursday.

The Coast Guard and the NTSB will participate in investigating the cause of the fire, but as CARNIVAL TRIUMPH is Bahamian-flagged, the Bahamas Maritime Authority will act as the lead investigative body. The outcome will be made public after the investigation.

February 12, 2013

Carnival Triumph adrift

893-foot cruise ship CARNIVAL TRIUMPH with a 3858 passengers and crew capacity, went adrift about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula on February 10 after a fire in the engine room. The fire was extinguished by an automatic fire extinguishing system, and no injuries were reported.

Carnival Corporation has reported that the ship is using an emergency power generator, which is supplying some basic needs, and that another Carnival ship, CARNIVAL ELATION, has transferred provisions to TRIUMPH. The U.S. Coast Guard is also at hand.

November 15, 2012

$180,000 Fine for Safety Violations

During a fire and emergency drill aboard OCEANIC DISCOVERER, the chief engineer became trapped in an automatic watertight sliding emergency door in the engine room. He lost consciousness and died at hospital three weeks later.

An investigation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has lasted three years. AMSA presented to the court that Coral Princess Cruises was out of compliance with numerous Australian safety laws and regulations, including that the crew had not been trained in the operation of the door, nor had Coral Princess Cruises complied with door manufacturer requirements and warnings. Additionally, AMSA furnished evidence to the court that Coral Princess Cruises had failed to take reasonable precautions to protect the safety and health of an employee.

The fine of $180,000 was levied by the Australian court on October 30. This fine is would independent of potential damages sought in any possible law suits.

September 21, 2012

Crewman Overboard

Sometime between 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. on Sept 20, passengers aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship SERENADE OF THE SEAS reported a man overboard in rough seas in the Adriatic Sea, about 40 miles off Ancona, while bound for Venice, Italy. The man was a 24-year-old man from Panama who was working as a galley steward. Italian and Croatian Coast Guards conducted a search by sea and by air, but did not find him.

September 20, 2012

Passenger Remains Missing

Sunday, September 16, at 9:25 p.m. EDT, a 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tennessee, went overboard from Royal Caribbean cruise ship ALLURE OF THE SEAS about 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for a seven-day cruise, with Nassau the next destination. According to reports, one other guest witnessed the tragedy, and the cruise ship surveillance camera recorded and confirmed the woman having gone into her cabin but not coming back out. It has not been disclosed under what circumstances she went overboard.

Officers on board ALLURE OF THE SEAS were notified at 9:30 p.m., and began to search the ship to find her. The Coast Guard was not notified until 11:30 p.m. ALLURE OF THE SEAS continued to sail much of those two hours during the on board search, returning to search where she fell after they were able to pinpoint the timing and GPS coordinates from the video footage.

ALLURE OF THE SEAS is the largest cruise ship in the world, with a capacity of 5,400 passengers and 2,300 crew members.

The Coast Guard began a 46-hour search of over 2,300 miles by helicopter, other aircraft, and by sea. The woman was not found during that time and the search was suspended. The FBI is now involved in the investigation.

September 9, 2012

Cook Overboard in Oregon

On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man, later identified as Andre Staples of Birmingham, Alabama who was a cook on the sternwheeler, who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST. The 221-foot sternwheeler, which runs cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the loss occurred. According to reports, witnesses saw him once in the water before losing sight of him.

The Coast Guard was alerted shortly after 1:00 a.m. on August 7, and conducted a search by helicopter and boat, covering approximately ten square miles, along with Columbia County marine assets and the crew of T/V MAVERICK, before suspending the search.

August 21, 2012

BARANOF WIND Grounds and Takes on Water

The 79-foot sightseeing vessel BARANOF WIND apparently hit a rock while in Glacier Bay and began taking on water. The Coast Guard, and the National Park Service responded, the Coast Guard delivered a dewatering pump to BARANOF WIND by helicopter and diverted a cutter to assist.

Good Samaritan VOLENDAM crewmembers took aboard seventy people from BARANOF WIND, while two people were taken aboard a National Park Service boat. Four of the BARANOF WIND crew remained behind to maintain the pumping. Current reports indicate that the flooding has been contained without pollution, and that BARANOF WIND remains stable at anchor with pumps working. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident and pollution potential, and also is developing a plan with Allen Marine Tours to get BARANOF WIND towed to Sitka for repair.

August 10, 2012

Man Overboard

On August 7, at 8:55 a.m., the Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who had fallen from the stern of QUEEN OF THE WEST, a sternwheeler, which cruises along the Columbia River, was at dock in Rainier, Oregon, when the tragedy occurred. According to reports, witnesses saw him once in the water before losing sight of him.

The Coast Guard was alerted shortly after 1:00 a.m. on August 7, and conducted a search by helicopter and boat, covering approximately ten square miles, along with Columbia County marine assets and the crew of T/V MAVERICK, before suspending the search.

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July 20, 2012

River Cruise Ship Catches Fire

The Regina Rheni out of Amsterdam saw an emergency evacuation last week as the ship caught fire while on the Rhine River in Germany. The ship filled with smoke around 3:00am and fire engines and crews floated out to aid the evacuation of the ship, which was close to Dusseldorf. The 100 passengers and 32 crewmembers aboard the ship were transported to an emergency center in Dusseldorf.

The cause of the fire, which blazed on until 6:30am apparently began in the ship's kitchen. A passenger said that the evacuation and notification of emergency was a "brilliant" and organized procedure, despite a little crying and confusion. Another commentator said that if the crew had not acted as efficiently as they did, there would have likely been fatalities from the cruise ship accident. The Regina Rheni is not the only ship to catch fire recently--about a month ago another Rhine cruise on the MS Gerard Schmitter underwent a fire that called for the evacuation of 154 passengers.

May 1, 2012

New Safety Procedures for Cruise Ships

The Cruise Lines International Association has announced that new standards will be mandated on cruise ships to avoid future disasters like the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident. New rules will require that cruise ships are equipped with additional life vests for adults and also ensure that there are more life jackets onboard then there are actual passengers. These jackets must also be readily available in public locations as opposed to located in individual cabins.

Passage planning procedures were also the subject of revision, and ships will be required to submit a detailed report of the ship's journey from departure to arrival. The voyage must be approved by the master and explained to the bridge team members by a designated officer.

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