Monday, November 30, 2009
We have suggested to the Agency that they review their 'M' Notice system and procedure, so hopefully these mistakes will not occur again. After all they are the United Kingdom Government Agency that represents both the Flag State and Port State with powers of Inspection and Detention of vessels entering United Kingdom Territorial Waters.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A 'Notice to Mariners' has been issued. While shipping is infrequent in this immediate area since the icebergs are moving northwards they could affect New Zealand coastal shipping and transit vessels.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Some answers to questions asked;
1. The free 'Passage Planning Guide' is available just by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be sent to you immediately, with the exceptions of requests from the following countries - Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia.
2. MS "Oasis of the Seas" has a total of 18 lifeboats, they are 9 on each side of the ship. RCI states they hold 372 persons each of which 16 are the lifeboat crew and the remaining 356 are passengers. So with all the 18 lifeboats filled they can evacuate a total of 6408 passengers.
3. No RCI has not made a statement or report, that we know of, other than the original 'Tweet' about the lifeboat damage during the transatlantic passage.
4. No NAUTICAL LOG has no idea why not and yes the Company has visited our Blog twice to date.
5. Yes we have had numerous visitors from Finland several from Turku where the MS "Oasis of the Seas" was built and yes all asked about 'the lifeboats'.
6. Yes NAUTICAL LOG learned that the lifeboats do have a head (nautical for toilet/restroom/loo). Now THAT is planning ahead (no pun intended) with 372 persons in the boat.
7. As regards NLIN #7 NAUTICAL LOG thinks that the climate 'cycles' rather than 'changes'. For example the ice and glaciers have retreated and then later advanced several times since first positions were plotted during original explorations and recorded discoveries. However NAUTICAL LOG believes that the natural cycles have been disrupted due to human pollution.
8. A comment was made regarding lifeboat size on MS "Oasis of the Seas". However the visitor sent it to NLIN #2 instead of here. Since it is worth reading may NAUTICAL LOG redirect you there !!
As other questions by our Visitors are asked we shall update this Post. So for now -
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is not a good idea and RCI should put out an explanation of just how the damage occurred, to what extent and how it is being repaired. Our Post was picked up by other worthwhile nautical blogs such as "Old Salt Blog" and "Kennebec Captain" and indicative of the interest is the fact that two-thirds of our visitors have asked about the 'lifeboat damage' as can be seen from the 'SiteMeter' reports.
NAUTICAL LOG believes it would complement and enhance their stated concern for Safety aboard their ships if RCI would publish a full report. Flag State (Bahamas) and Port State (United States per USCG) can be required, under International Maritime Organization (IMO) Passenger Ship Regulations, to publish such a Report. So why not make it, after all there is nothing to hide - or is there?
UPDATE November 20, 2009:
Our Visitors Log shows some interesting visitors today. Always nice to know our opinions are getting read particularly those in the area of Shipboard Safety. This is why feedback in the form of comments are so important as there is always more than one side to an incident and an explanation. Enjoy a nice weekend though for the Cruise Ship Industry this is their really busy time of the week.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Many have been with regard to the reported lifeboat damage that was incurred by the MS "Oasis of the Seas" on her transit from Turku, Finland to Port Everglades, FL. Over a dozen of them were from Finland including the shipyard that built the lifeboats.
We watched her arrival this morning, she waited off the entrance to allow MS "Maasdam" to pass into her berth first. The contrast stunned all of us, in comparison to the Holland America Line ship one really saw how enormous MS "Oasis of the Seas" actually is.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Her transit to Port Everglades, FL. is just about completed and she is due to enter that Port at 0800 tomorrow Friday 11/13/2009 to berth at Berth 18, which is now Cruise Terminal 18 built for MS "Oasis of the Seas", at 0900.
The videos are well worth a look and the Bridge tour and Safety Center tour are excellent and informative. The amount of thought that has gone into this vessel is considerable. As NAUTICAL LOG is only qualified to judge the navigational and safety aspects but from those the entire vessel seems to be truly outstanding or as RCI likes to say - WOW.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This damage apparently occurred on November 06, 2009 during her crossing from Europe. It is claimed by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) that '60 foot seas' were experienced during a storm in the region of Bay of Biscay. The international weather reports estimated the seas at 30 feet so we seafarers can adjust as necessary. The information was stated to be taken from a Twitter message - is that a Tweet ? - sent by a Senior Company Executive aboard the vessel for its transit.
As a result of the heavy weather the vessel will arrive in Port Everglades, FL on Friday morning November 13, 2009, a date generally not favoured by seafarers.
At that time it will be necessary for the lifeboats to be surveyed, tested and a USCG drill conducted prior to allowing passengers to board. It is possible that the lifeboats could be repaired by a team from the European manufacturers as Fort Lauderdale, FL has numerous boating facilities. Once this is done the lifeboats will then be surveyed, tested and again a drill conducted by USCG.
Friday, November 6, 2009
MGN 399 (M)
MIN 352 (M)
MIN 358 (M+F)
MIN 361 (M+F)
MIN 363 (M+F)
MIN 364 (M)
MSN 1734 (M+F)
These are available in PDF format from www.mcga.gov.uk/. If there are any problems contact the -M- Notice Administrator at 023 8032 9391
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
So then here is NLIN #2.
When handling ballast, if you operate in U.S. Waters and your vessel has ballast tanks, you will need to install and operate a USCG approved ballast water management system.
Contact your USCG District and/or marine chandler for complete requirements and equipment available.