Insufficient maintenance caused passenger vessel fire

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said that an insufficient preventative maintenance programme and lack of guidance for responding to engine high-temperature conditions led to the January 14th 2018 fire on board small passenger vessel Island Lady in the waters of the Pithlachascotee River, near Port Ritchey, Florida. The Island Lady was a…

MSC Cruise employees arrested on cocaine smuggling charges

Four South African women who were employed as crew by MSC Cruises have been arrested on charges of smuggling cocaine to Miami, Florida, reports the Miami Herald. US Customs and Border Protection were said to have found six crew members with 7kg of cocaine in their possession or in their cabins during a drug-sweep of…

Maritime NZ seeking a fine for fatal accident on cruise ship

Maritime New Zealand is seeking $800,000 in compensation for the family of Allan Navales, a Filipino seafarer who was killed when a gas cylinder burst aboard cruise ship Emerald Princess (IMO 9333151) in 2017. An accident investigation determined that the cylinder was badly corroded and failed due to wastage. Emerald Princess was moored at Port…

Markel Intl partners with European yacht insurance provider

London-based specialty Markel International partner is to partner with European yacht insurance provider Pantaenius GmbH. Hamburg, Germany-based Pantaenius has offices across Europe, the US and Australia, providing a broad range of yacht insurance and related protection for yacht owners for more than 50 years and is a major yacht insurance provider in Europe. Markel’s yacht…

Norwegian Jade passengers to get full refund

On November 18th Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) advised passengers who were on board the Norwegian Jade (IMO 9304057) that the vessel could not continue its scheduled voyage. NCL told the Federal Maritime Commission that passengers on the cruise ship would receive a full refund for the voyage, as well as a 100% credit for a…

Dealing with difficult charterers under the MYBA form

Milly Brooks, Deputy Syndicate manager at Shipowners’ Club has written on the problems that can arise for owners when dealing with difficult charterers under the MYBA Charter Agreement, which was widely used in the luxury yacht market. Brooks noted that the Club had recently assisted in several cases involving charterers committing multiple breaches of clause…

How humans react in emergencies

Shipowners’ Club has noted in a new article that effective crowd and crisis management was paramount in managing emergencies on passenger vessels. In the event of an emergency, passenger vessels faced additional challenges to that of other vessel types because of the added risk associated with passengers. Crew therefore needed to be more vigilant and…

Excellent had requested help of tugs ahead of Barcelona port crash

Passenger/Cargo RoRo Excellent (IMO 9143441), which crashed into the Terminal de Contenedores at the port of Barcelona early on October 31st (see yesterday’s Insurance Marine News) had entered the port under pilot’s assistance to pick up passengers and vehicles and then continue her journey from Genoa to Tangier. The captain had requested the help of…

Half the 390 yachts in marina, dozens of superyachts, damaged in Rapallo storm

Dozens of superyachts, motorboats and sailboats were heavily damaged or sunk during a violent storm in Rapallo, east of Genoa on the Ligurian coast, on October 30th. The dam of the marina Carlo Riva was flooded. The 37.8-metre Custom Line Suegno, Silvio Berlusconi’s yacht, was among the many luxury boats damaged and was semi-submerged. Other…

Megayacht involved in fatal collision

Megayacht Attessa IV (IMO 9179830) collided with 65ft sportfisher Prowler in the Pacific Ocean approximately nine miles offshore of Imperial Beach, near the US-Mexico border, during the evening of October 26th. The fishing boat had 29 people on board at the time of the incident, which occurred near the Maritime Boundary Line. The Prowler suffered…