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Bardo National Museum attack

Tunis, Tunisia - March 18, 2015

Two gunmen attacked the Bardo National Museum and took hostages, many who were foreign tourists from two cruise ships docked at the the Port of La Goulette in Tunis.

The morning of the attack, passengers from the MSC Splendida and the Costa Fascinosa were attacked as they were exiting the excursion buses. Passengers ran toward the museum to avoid the shooting, the attackers pursued them and took them hostage inside. The siege lasted about 3 hours - gunman killed 23 people and wounded almost 50 people. Costa reported nine passengers from the Fascinosa were killed. MSC reports 12 passengers from MSC Splendida were killed. Three Tunisians were killed, including two attackers. All the injuries came from bullet wounds and several victims were brought in without identification.


Viking Sun Collides with Mooring

Posted October 2, 2013

The Viking Sun passenger ship struck a pontoon used to moor vessels on the Rhine River, at Gerstheim, France. The collision caused a gash about 10 ft. long on the port side of the bow.  The damage was above the waterline and there was no water ingress.  No reports of injuries.  189 passengers and 47 crew were on board. Initial reports attribute the accident to "human error". The ship was towed away for repairs. 


Toddler Falls After Crawling Through Railing on Cruise Ship

Posted December 22, 2012

A small child was airlifted to a local hospital after an accident aboard the Monarch of the Seas. The ship was heading to the Bahamas yesterday and returned to Port Canaveral after the accident happened. No other details were available at this time.

Source: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/cruise-ship-returns-port-canaveral-after-child-fal/nTc8d/


Explosion on Excursion Vessel Kills Captain

Posted October 7, 2012

According to our friends at Shipwreck Log, " The wooden sailing vessel Eva suffered an explosion" from a mock cannon onboard. No other details about how the incident happened were available at the time of this post. The report said the Captain was killed and six passengers were injured and taken to a hospital. The incident happened on Kos Island, Greece.  This story was also reported in the Seattle Times.



Update: Posted April 19, 2012 7pm

Source: http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na1230

Princess Cruises deeply regrets that two Panamanian men perished at sea after their boat became disabled in early March. Since we became aware of this incident, we have been investigating circumstances surrounding the claim that Star Princess failed to come to the aid of the disabled boat, after a crew member was alerted by passengers.

The preliminary results of our investigation have shown that there appeared to be a breakdown in communication in relaying the passenger’s concern. Neither Captain Edward Perrin nor the officer of the watch were notified. Understandably, Captain Perrin is devastated that he is being accused of knowingly turning his back on people in distress. Had the Captain received this information, he would have had the opportunity to respond.

We all understand that it is our responsibility and also the law of the sea to provide assistance to any vessel in distress, and it is not an uncommon occurrence for our ships to be involved in a rescue at sea. In fact, we have done so more than 30 times in the last ten years.

We deeply regret this incident and are continuing our investigation to fully understand the circumstances.


Princess Cruises Got Some Explaining to Do

Posted April 19, 2012

If this story is true, we eagerly await statements from Princess Cruises, and Captain Edward Perrin, about what exactly happened and why two young men had to die.

Alleged Incident at Sea:

Last month, a group of avid birdwatchers aboard the Star Princess stood on the outer deck with high-powered camera lenses and took photos; the ship was enroute to Costa Rica from Ecuador. One of them saw a small boat in the water through their lens and noticed people motioning for help using orange and red shirts above their heads. The passengers informed a crew member who allegedly informed the bridge. According to the passengers, they insisted they saw what they saw and asked the Captain to turn the ship back to rescue the stranded fisherman. They say their pleas were ignored and later learned that three young men were aboard the stranded fishing boat and two of them died before being rescued.

The passengers went public with their story and accused the Captain of ignoring the passengers cries for help and the distress signals sent from the fisherman. ABC NEWS Good Morning America ran the report yesterday. Click on the link to read the full story.


Maritime Law – Regulation 33 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Chapter V states:

“The master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance on receiving a signal from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so.”

Click on the link above to read the entire regulation at europe.seascout.org.

We would be SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED if this incident took place. We’re not quick to judge at Shipdetective and we will wait on further comment until the investigation is complete. Princess Cruises stated in the report they are conducting their own investigation. And we can bet the Coast Guard, CLIA, and U.S. Congress will want at chance to discuss the issue with top-level leaders at Princess and Carnival Corp. (even though the U.S. Government has no power to investigate this incident.)


Carnival Spirit Passenger Rescued After Going Overboard

Posted April 17, 2012

According to a statement given by Carnival Cruise Lines to Cruisejunkie.com,

Yesterday, while the Carnival Spirit was en route to Hawaii, a 28-year-old man was witnessed jumping overboard. Search and rescue operations were initiated and the guest was located and brought back on board where he was treated at the ship’s medical center. Carnival’s CareTeam is providing its support to the guest and his family. Carnival Spirit is currently sailing on a 15-day Hawaii cruise that departed San Diego on April 13 and will return to San Diego on April 28.


MSC Lirica - cruise passenger concerned about close encounter

Posted April 6, 2012

An incident was reported by a MSC Lirica passenger to Cruisejunkie.com regarding the "MSC LIRICA being overtaken by the container ship MSC LAUREN in a very close quarter situation.  The ship was sailing south of Sicily at about 17 kts on a voyage from Kuwait to Hamburg. The MSC LAUREN approached the MSC LIRICA from starboard aft - she came closer and closer and once the LAUREN was abeam the distance was less than one cable."

http://www.cruisejunkie.com/Lirica.html - full story and photos.


Canadian Woman Missing from Bahamas Cruise Ship

Posted March 1, 2012

The Celebration Cruise Line today confirmed the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a 47- year-old Canadian woman reported missing yesterday from the Bahamas Celebration. The ship was sailing from Freeport back to the Port of Palm Beach. The US Coast Guard is searching for the woman.


MV Sharden

Posted February 4, 2012

The 40,000 GRT, Sharden, an Italian Ferry owned by Tirrenia di Navigazione shipping company, was damaged after hitting the pier; a 30 ft. gash in the hull above the waterline was reported. The ferry was leaving Civitavecchia, Italy bound for Sardinia. There were no injuries to any of the 262 passengers, or 53 crew members.


Man overboard on Allure of the Seas

Posted Feb 3, 2012

According to major news reports, a British passenger was seen falling over the railing of his stateroom today as the ship was sailing to Cozumel, Mexico. Security footage confirmed the man falling. The Mexican Coast Guard along with the Allure of the Seas and a pilot boat are assisting in the search for the passenger. 


Man Falls To His Death Aboard the Carnival Fantasy

Posted January 28, 2012

According to a report by MSNBC.com, an unidentified 26 year old male passenger fell to his death yesterday from the Atrium of the Carnival Fantasy while it was docked in Nassau.  The report states the man fell, or may have jumped from an upper level atrium down to the lobby level.


Don't be this guy for the sake of ALL cruise passengers.

Please read on..

What Not To Do On A Cruise Ship  First Posted on Shipdetective.com 11/30/2010.

Source: thesmokinggun.com
"Federal Agents charged a California man for allegedly releasing the MS Ryndam's anchor while the ship was traveling in international waters. The charge, "attempting to damage, destroy, disable, or wreck a vessel" is a felony. The man admitted to investigators that he was "drunk at the time". What are the consequences of dropping a ships anchor while it's moving you ask?  According to the arrest affidavit, the ship's rudder or propeller could have been damaged leaving the ship stranded in the water or the anchor could have punctured a hole in the ship causing the ship to flood or sink."


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