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cleaning up broken glass this morning

MS Louis Majesty

SAFETY NOTE: March 04, 2010
Looking at the crew cleaning up the debris from the broken windows NAUTICAL LOG was struck by how close those unprotected windows are to the bow. Taking the crew average height of say 6 feet it appears the sets of three windows are only 24 feet from that bow jackstaff forward. The widows should be fitted with steel shutters for protection in heavy weather, and preferably capable of being closed by a remote control from inside. There are several roll-up brands available used for hurricane and storefront protection. That forward windowed bulkhead is acting as a breakwater - which it did.
UPDATE: March 04, 2010.
There seems to be some confusion as to where this incident occurred and where the ship was on passage from and to. At NAUTICAL LOG we read reports this morning in Greek, French, Spanish as well as English to try and clarify. It seems that the MS Louis Majesty left Cartagena, Spain and headed for Genoa, Italy. Due to poor weather conditions it was decided to bypass a planned call at Barcalona, Spain. Initially it was reported that the incident occurred "off Marseille, France" however this was just a general area mention and not an accurate navigator's position. The navigator's position remains "off Capo de Begur" as the location of the incident. One would really like to see the Media make an effort to report accurately as it seems to be a worldwide malaise to just write something down in whatever language and print it regardless of accuracy.

March 03, 2010.

A cruise ship the MS Louis Majesty was hit by an 8 metre wave in the Mediterranean today. The accident happened off Capo de Begur, Spain some 80 miles northeast of Barcalona, Spain. The ship requested emergency berthing in Barcalona and injured passengers were removed. Spanish reports that two were dead a German and an Italian man.

Cmdr. Bernand Celier of the French Maritime Authority based in Toulon said "no signs of the least problem with the Louis Majesty" he noted however that winds of over 100 kph./60mph had been reported.

Louis Cruise Line's Michael Maratheftis said the ship was hit by three abnormally high waves up to 26 feet high that broke glass in the forward section. The vessel is 207 metres/680 feet long has 10 passenger decks and 732 staterooms.

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