The Lloyd’s Register Foundation identified passenger ferry safety as a challenge in its insight report on global safety challenges in 2017. A panel led established the countries where most fatalities take place, the predominant accident causes and measures which would save most lives.
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?
Greece-based Anek Lines informed that the passenger ship Eleftherios Venizelos which suffered a fire last week, has been transferred to the shipyard of Perama, where it will be repaired. The ship had departed Piraeus port heading to Chania, Crete, when a fire, erupted from an unspecified cause and originated from the garage.
The US Coast Guard announced that it terminated the voyage of a vessel violating small passenger laws and regulations in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, on Saturday. This constitutes the eighth illegal passenger vessel voyage termination on Lake of the Ozark since 4 June 2018.
Tuesday night has been adventurous for the 875 passengers and 141 crew members of the Greek passenger ship ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’, after a fire originated from the garage broke out onboard, soon after the vessel had departed Piraeus port heading to Chania, Crete.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyages of two charter vessels on Lake of the Ozarks, one on August 17 and the other on August 18, as the vessels had surpassed the legal limit of 12 passengers. During summer the risk in Lake of the Ozarks is high due to congestion. Both cases are currently under investigation.
France/USA-based aqua-tools said that cruise ships and ferry operators must do more to protect passengers from contracting Legionella and other infections from waterborne pathogens. A research paper published in June 2017 by the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, found high levels of Legionella in local ferries and cruise ships.
The Indian Coast Guard saved 343 personnel from a passenger ship that experienced flooding on board while it was off the Car Nicobar Islands, on August 2. When the flooding was reported, the crew seeked immediate assistance. The damage was controlled, using heavy duty submersible pumps, according to Indian Coast Guard.
A record total of 98,000 New Zealanders sailed the world’s oceans on a cruise holiday in 2017, with a 8.7% leap in passenger numbers, validating the country’s position as one of the world’s fastest-growing cruise markets, according to CLIA Australasia’s 2017 New Zealand Source Market Report.
TAIC issued a report on the grounding of the cruise ship ‘L’Austral’, at Milford Sound, on 9 February 2017, revealing an insufficient use of electronic navigation systems. The ship was involved in another incident one month earlier, when it entered an unauthorised zone and struck an uncharted rock.
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