Viking Sigyn captain released on bail

The captain of inland marine cruise ship Viking Sigyn was released on bail on Wednesday June 12th, two weeks after his vessel was involved in a collision with tourist boat Hableány that sank on the River Danube in Budapest with a party of South Koreans on board. The captain’s legal team has said the Captain…

Sunken tourist boat being readied for raising

Hungarian salvage crews were preparing on Monday June 10th to raise the wreck of the tourist boat that that capsized on May 29th on the River Danube in central Budapest, killing 26 South Korean tourists and two local crew. Divers were inserting straps under the wreck so that a floating crane could lift it, possibly…

Norwegian Sun returns to Canaveral after Cuba cancellation

Cruise ship Norwegian Sun (IMO 9218131) returned to Port Canaveral on June 7th, a few days after a US State |Department announcement that banned US cruise ships from making stops in Cuba. It was diverted on June 4th only an hour after it had left Key West. The passengers were offered received a 50% refund…

Captain involved in Danube boat collision was not captain in Dutch accident

The captain of inland marine cruise ship Viking Sigyn (MMSI 269057695), which collided with pleasure boat Hableany on the River Danube in Budapest on May 29th, killing 28 people, was not the captain of another boat that was in an accident in the Netherlands, Viking Cruises has said, correcting the Hungarian prosecutors who had claimed…

US decision on Cuba hits cruise line shares

Shares in Norwegian Cruise dropped by 3.5% on June 5th, while Royal Caribbean and Carnival stock declined by 3%, in reaction to the sudden US decision earlier this week to ban US-based cruises from visiting Cuba. An estimated 800,000 passenger journeys will be affected. Cuba accounts for about 4% of Norwegian Cruise’s sailings, 3% of…

Voice recording of MSC Opera captain throws more light on Venice crash

In a recording of the captain of cruise ship MSC Opera (IMO 9250464) prior to its collision with a berth in Venice and tourist vessel River Countess, he can be heard describing an engine fault causing the incident. Speaking to the harbour master the captain said that two anchors had been dropped but that the…

Number of confirmed dead from Danube crash now at 13

Thirteen people have now been found dead after tourist boat Hableany (aka Mermaid) collided with cruise ship Viking Sigyn, causing the former to sink within seconds. Seven South Koreans survived, all of whom were on the upper observation deck. Fifteen people remain missing, presumed dead. The Adam Clark floating crane boat, capable of 200-ton lifts,…

US bans cruises to Cuba

The US State Department has banned cruises to Cuba, imposing without notice new restrictions on US travel to Cuba. The State Department said that the US would no longer permit visits to Cuba on passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, as well as private and corporate aircraft. The US Commerce Department told…

Two-tier liability scheme under Passenger Liability Regulation

Shipowners Club has updated members on the Passenger Liability Regulation (PLR), which as of December 31st 2018 became compulsory for all Class B passenger ships carrying out domestic voyages in all EU and EEA member states. The Athens Convention 1974 and the 2002 Protocol to the Convention deal with the liability of the carrier for…

Six cruise passengers killed as tour planes collide in Alaska

The bodies of the final two victims of an Alaska seaplane mid-air crash were recovered after a 27-hour search of George Inlet. A hunt through the debris and cold waters discovered the bodies during the evening of Tuesday May 14th. The collision killed six people and injured 10 more. There were 14 passengers from Princess…