The Royal Caribbean cruise line banned for life a female cruise member who climbed over a rail to take a selfie, putting herself and the company in danger; The passenger was disembarked from the vessel at the net port of call in Jamaica.
The cruise ship Grand Celebration which is operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, began its second journey to and from Grand Bahama Island for a second relief cruise on Sunday, September 15, to assist those who were affected hard by Hurricane Dorian’s heavy weather conditions.
Cruise ships are changing routes in the last few days to avoid the Tropical Storm Dorian which is to affect the Caribbean. The storm is on track to hit the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, an island still struggling to recover after devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
The Russian Federation has agreed to IMO treaty dealing with compulsory insurance that protects and covers passengers on vessels. Yury Melenas, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to deposit the instrument of accession, on January 16.
CHIRP Maritime analyzes a case of a safety drill exercise involving a woman and her disabled husband on a cruise ship. According to the woman’s report, their cabin was on deck 12, and the muster station, where they had to proceed, was five decks below. How were she and her husband to achieve this drill?
Man overboard events can occur at any time during the day regardless of weather and sea conditions and from any part of the ship. Man overboard events continue to be a problem for the cruise industry.
Several cruise companies, in addition to US Coast Guard, have deployed ships to support relief efforts to the areas devastated by Hurricane Irma. On Sunday, Irma reached to the western Florida peninsula, as a Category 4 storm, after passing through several Caribbean islands and killing at least 24 people.
Hurricane Irma has sent shipping into disarray, particularly for cruise passengers. Around 40,000 holidaymakers are estimated to have been affected by disruption to scheduled cruises this week and this figure could rise further as Irma speeds through the Caribbean towards southern Florida.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a technical alert related to detentions and deficiencies found during USCG examination of cruise ships. During 2016, USCG reported a total of 103 detentions, of which 3 were cruise ships.
In calendar year 2016, the USCG reported to the IMO 103 vessel detentions of all vessel types and conducted 294 cruise ship examinations out of which 1.0% received a detention. The top five deficiency areas identified on cruise ships are: Fire screen doors not operating properly; Impeding means of escape; Low location lighting; Fire suppression systems and; Piping insulation.
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