Malaysian government sells confiscated superyacht for $126m

The Malaysian government has agreed to sell luxury yacht Equanimity (IMO 1012086) to casino operator Genting Malaysia, which will use it to entertain valued customers. The yacht was seized from fugitive financier Jho Low off the coast of Bali as part of a global investigation into the 1MDB state investment business. The yacht fetched $126m,…

Royal Caribbean confirms three tour cancellations after crane accident

Royal Caribbean has confirmed the cancellation of three week-long sailings for cruise ship Oasis of the Seas (IMO 9383936) following an accident with a dry dock crane in the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean said that in order to complete the interrupted dry dock of Oasis of the Seas, sailings scheduled for April 7th, April 14th, and…

Malaysia sells Equanimity at a significant discount

Malaysia has sold 91.5-metre superyacht Equanimity for $126m, considerably less than the $250m its previous owner paid for it a few years ago Equanimity was seized from financier Jho Low off the coast of Bali last year as part of a global investigation into the scandal surrounding Malaysia-state investment fund 1MDB. The Malaysian government said…

Ocean Of The Seas to be repaired in Cadiz

Cruise ship Oasis of the Seas (IMO 9383936) will travel from the damaged Dry Dock No 2 in Grand Bahama Shipyard to Cadiz for repairs after a giant crane toppled onto the vessel in Freeport on April 1st, damaging both the vessel and the dock structure. The pool area was smashed and cabins were damaged….

Canada – New compulsory insurance scheme for passenger vessels

Canada’s mandatory insurance scheme for passenger ships has now come into law with effect from 11 January 2019. As a result of the regulations all commercial and public purpose ships engaged in the domestic carriage of passengers must maintain liability insurance coverage in a minimum amount of C$250,000 (multiplied by the passenger capacity of the…

Oasis of the Seas involved in shipyard accident

Cruise ship Oasis of the Seas (IMO 9383936) has been involved in a major accident at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport. The 6,300 passenger vessel was in Dry Dock No 2 when something caused cranes to collapse onto the vessel and saw her tilt toward starboard. The local police reported several injuries – none of…

Fire on P&O RoRo

A fire broke out in the engine room of P&O lines passenger/cargo RoRo European Causeway (IMO 9208394) during the afternoon of March 31st while she was in Larne, Northern Ireland. No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished by the ship’s crew and the internal fire suppression system. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service…

Norwegian police investigating why Viking Sky cruise ship ignored storm warnings

The operators of Norwegian cruise ship Viking Sky (IMO 9650420) have been accused of putting passengers at risk by setting sail from Tromso to Stavanger, notwithstanding storm warnings, forcing an evacuation when all of the vessels engines stopped working after detecting a lack of lubricating oil – possibly caused by excessive rolling in 15-metre-waves. Viking…

Viking Sky lost engine power because of low levels of lubricating oil

The engines of cruise ship Viking Sky (IMO 9650420) failed because of relatively low levels of lubricating oil in the engines, the Norwegian Maritime Authority said on Wednesday March 27th. Viking Sky narrowly avoided running aground off western Norway last Saturday during heavy seas. She had almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard at the time,…

Viking Sky berths safely in Molde

Cruise ship Viking Sky (IMO 9650420) berthed safely in Molde during the afternoon of March 24th. Four tugs helped the ship into the Molde-Fjord. The ship would now be surveyed. Whether the 915 passengers remaining on the ship would have to be returned home by other means would depend on the length of the investigations…