USCG updates ‘Viking Polaris’ accident report

As previously mentioned, the Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) issued a report on marine casualty involving the cruise ship ‘Viking Polaris’ south-east of Cape Horn on 29th November, 2022. The day before, there was an incident involving one of the ship’s Zodiacs in Antarctica. One [Read more...]

2024-02-13T21:39:19+00:00 February 13th, 2024|Safety|

Charge filed against KiwiRail for ropax incident

Maritime New Zealand has filed a charge against KiwiRail in relation the January, 2023 loss of propulsion incident involving the Interislander ferry, ‘Kaitaki ‘. ‘Kaitaki’ lost power while approaching Wellington Harbour on 28th January last year, with more than 800 passengers and 80 crew on board. [Read more...]

2024-01-29T17:39:19+00:00 January 29th, 2024|Safety|

Cruise ships avoid the Red Sea

Due to the threat of terrorist attacks in the lower Red Sea area, cruise ship operators with vessels due to transit the area are switching their itineraries. For example, MSC has announced that the ‘MSC Poesia’s’ world cruise from Genoa would be re-routed via West [Read more...]

2024-01-13T14:00:57+00:00 January 13th, 2024|Safety|

VIKING buys Undertun MES’ system

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, a supplier of maritime safety solutions, has acquired rights to manufacture and supply Undertun marine evacuation systems (MES). This solution commands a leading position in part of the small ferry market, due to its easy installation and use, the company claimed. Catering [Read more...]

2024-01-13T13:12:43+00:00 January 13th, 2024|Safety|

‘Maud’ limps into Bremerhaven

The weather damaged 16,000 gt Norwegian expedition cruise ship ’Maud’ arrived at Bremerhaven, Germany, on 23rd December, after a nearly 48-hours of lost power in heavy seas. On 21st December, around 120 miles west of Denmark, she was disabled by a large wave, which smashed through [Read more...]

2023-12-28T19:35:52+00:00 December 28th, 2023|Safety|

Breaking waves a problem for expedition ships

On 28th November, 2022, there was an incident involving one of expedition ship ‘Viking Polaris’ Zodiacs in Antarctica. This resulted in a passenger being injured and another ending up in the water. Following the incident, the ship interrupted her cruise to perform a medical evacuation. [Read more...]

2023-12-14T22:08:38+00:00 December 14th, 2023|Safety|

P&O Ferries switches to new drug testing system

UK-based ferry and logistics company, P&O Ferries, is using the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting drug screening system to support its drug and alcohol testing policy. In summary, P&O said: Intelligent Fingerprinting is expected to reduce P&O Ferries' overall drug testing costs by 90%. Easy-to-use, hygienic fingerprint sweat test improves he [Read more...]

2023-12-14T22:06:34+00:00 December 14th, 2023|Safety|

Joint Arctic SAR initiative set up

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operator’s (AECO) initiative for a collaborative network and platform between expedition cruise operators and search and rescue (SAR) entities in the Arctic recently met for the first time. The new venture, the Joint Arctic Search and Rescue Arena (JASA), will [Read more...]

2023-11-30T21:48:07+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Safety|