Man Overboard from the Adventure of the Seas

Early this morning we received an email from a cruise passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas alerting us that a man had gone overboard last night. We received this message:
“Man overboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. Close enough to San Juan to be getting AT&T service right now. At about 8:45 – 9:00 PM, the Captain came over loudspeaker and announced that a man had “jumped” overboard.

They also said they believed he was in his mid 20s. About 30 – 45 minutes later they announced the arrival of a Coast Guard helicopter. I can verify. When the announcement was made I went on deck and witnessed the ship turning around. They launched life preservers with lights attached as well as two rescue boats. There were spotlights at first and brighter ones joined later. There was talk spreading throughout the shop that people had witnessed the pulling the spotlights out of the theater or ice rink

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Carnival – Time To Be Cautious After Strong Recent Momentum

Investors in Carnival (CCL) are having a great end to a difficult 2013 following massive public relationship disasters earlier this year and last year’s disaster with the Costa Concordia.

Just three months ago, Carnival released its third quarter results which triggered a sell-off at the time. After shares have risen by about 25% in just a quarter of a year, it is time to take some profits.

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Costa Concordia Wreck Removal

A meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant movement.

Present at the meeting with Giglio residents were Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli, Mayor of Giglio, and Franco Porcellacchia, coordinator of the Concordia wreck removal project for Costa Crociere.

The meeting also was informed that In the Livorno and Genoa shipyards, work is in progress to prepare the 15 sponsons that will be positioned on the starboard side (land side) and the remaining 4 on the right side (sea side) in order to proceed with the refloating phase and have the wreck ready for towing by the end of June 2014.

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Research Ship MV Akademik Shokalskiyand Icebreakers Iced In at South Pole

Maybe you heard about the three icebreakers going to the rescue of the Russian passenger ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in frozen Antarctican waters with 74 researchers, crew and tourists aboard. They got hit by 50 knot winds and a blizzard Monday, are frozen about 100 miles east of Dumont D’urville, and the first expected to arrive is expected to be the Chinese Snow Dragon. The ice is about ten feet thick in places.

The iced-in Russian ship usually keeps to open waters, but is following the path of explorer Sir Douglas Mawson a century ago, and conducting the same experiments as that crew. The blizzard came up unexpectedly. The ship still runs, and is provisioned to feed the passengers. Now they’ve been stuck since Monday December 23rd.

Now, six miles away, the Snow dragon is stuck in the ice. The French Icebreaker Astrolabe is looking like it may be stuck too. And the The Aurora Australis is two days away.

If you want to follow their progress firsthand, journalists aboard are tweeting from @alokjha, @loztopham, and @GdnAntarctica.

What is a little ironic, (or not, if they start to get claustrophobic) is that an Australian climate change professor is in charge of a ship is full of climate experts studying the effects of climate change. From here in sunny California we could have saved them a pretty penny. It looks like the prognosis on the south pole is this: Still cold out there.

Costa Concordia insurance claim bill to rise

Claims from the Costa Concordia disaster are set to break through the $2bn (£1.2bn) barrier next year because of difficulties experts have faced salvaging the 114,500-ton liner, insurance experts warned today.

The ship capsized off the Italian island of Giglio while carrying 4,229 passengers in January last year, killing 32. Engineers have started removing the wreck, although it is anticipated to take several more months.

Insurers, including many in the Lloyd’s of London market, have so far paid out more than $1bn, although these costs are set to rise considerably. As well as insuring the ship’s hull, they are also on the hook for liability claims.

Costa Concordia insurance claim bill to rise The Independent

Maritime disaster awaits unless steps are taken

It is not a wildly risky prediction to say that we have a maritime disaster somewhere in our future.

Cruise ships are getting ever larger and carrying ever larger numbers of passengers, more than could be comfortably or efficiently removed from the ship in the event of a fire or a sinking.

In January 2012, the U.S. Costa Concordia, with 4,252 people aboard, ran aground on a clearly visible island off the coast of Italy, with the loss of 32 lives. Because of delays in implementing safety procedures and language barriers among the crew and passengers, the ship was not abandoned in an orderly fashion, and the captain, rather than stick with his ship as law and tradition demand, left about an hour before most of his passengers.

Maritime disaster awaits unless steps are taken MDJ Online

2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts

Among the newsmakers in the travel industry in 2013 were a Carnival Cruise ship that drifted without power for five days and the Boeing 787, which was grounded after a series of battery fires. NY1’s Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.

Carnival Cruise Line navigated some very rough waters in February, as one of its megaliners caught on fire and drifted without power for five days with 4,000 miserable passengers on board.

It was the highest-profile incident to call into question cruise line safety since its cousin, Costa Concordia, sank off Italy a year before. After capsizing, Concordia was finally uprighted in 2013 as part of salvage operations. 2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts NY 1

Latest Costa Concordia sentencing and salvage news

It is such a shame that those who lost their lives during the Costa Concordia disaster have yet to find rest, and will not be able to until the cruise ship is taken away and the trial of the captain has reached a conclusion. As you know both are still ongoing and so we would just like to keep you up-to-date with the latest news regarding the ill-fated Costa Concordia.

Firstly, we’d just like to inform you that the 5 Costa Concordia staff members that were given light sentences as part of a plea bargain is to be appealed. At the end of January 2014, the Court of Cassation is to review the sentences, where those involved were given just six months to two-year jail terms.

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First Officer: Costa Concordia captain distracted by lover

The captain of tragic Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, was “distracted” on the bridge leading up to the tragedy that killed 32, the ship’s First Officer Ciro Ambrosio said. Ambrosio is testifying at the trial of Francesco Schettino this week.

He said Schettino had returned to the bridge after having his dinner and was accompanied by the woman Moldovan dancer Domnica Cemortan, who, earlier in the trial admitted she was the captain’s lover. He had taken command of the ship, Ambrosio said at the trial in Grosseto, Italy.

“But he did not immediately speak the phrase ‘I’m taking control,’ which signals a change in command,” Ambrosio told the court. “However, given the way he positioned himself, I assumed he had taken command and I thought I was no longer in charge. Then, since the captain was distracted, and we were getting closer to Giglio, I gave orders to the helmsman.

First Officer: Costa Concordia captain distracted by lover Digital Journal