|March 29||Sea Diamond||Greek Reporter reports 13 people are set to stand trial in connection with the sinking of the ship off Santorini in 2007, after a prosecutor recommended to a Naxos court that they face a series of charges for their part in the accident, which caused two people to drown. Prosecutor Evi Salma recommended to the court that the 13 suspects be tried for breaching the safety of sea transport, manslaughter through negligence, causing sea pollution and breaching international safety regulations. The ship hit a reef off Santorini following a series of mistakes and oversights by the crew. The vessel was only 50 meters from the coast when the accident occurred but should have been at least 285 meters away. Salma said that the reef did not appear on sea charts but the collision could have been avoided if the ship’s sonar and one of its three radars had been working.||
13 charged in sinking
|3.3.10||Louis Majesty||The Associated Press reports 26-foot waves have crashed into the ship off France, smashing glass windshields and killing two passengers. Another fourteen people suffered light injuries, according to USA Today. It says the accident occurred near the French Mediterranean port of Marseilles as the ship was sailing from Barcelona to Genoa with 1,350 passengers and 580 crew. The victims were only identified as a German and an Italian man. A Louis Cruise Lines spokesman said the ship was hit by three "abnormally high" waves up to 26 feet (8 meters) high that broke glass windshields in the forward section. It is heading back to Barcelona. UPDATE: CNN reports the cruise has been terminated and that the next cruise has been cancelled. The ship is expected to return to service March 14th. The ship is in Barcelona for repairs to be completed.||
Massive wave - 2 pax killed
||Express (Greece) reports Crystal collided with the ferry Lissos (Anek Lines) at Piraeus port. There were 955 passengers on board the cruise ship. Only material damage was caused to both vessels and nobody was injured. Lissos was loading passengers and vehicles and was heading for the islands of Chios and Lesvos. Both Crystal, which was on a seven-day cruise in the Aegean islands and Turkey, as well as Lissos, will set sail after their inspection by a Port Authority technical team.||Collision
||Two ships collided in Greece's main port of Piraeus causing damage but no injuries. Zenith (Pullmantur) carrying 1,819 passengers and 619 crew, hit the Greek-flagged Aegean Pearl as Zenith attempted to tie up in the port. Aegean Pearl was carrying 504 passengers and 349 crew members. Nobody was injured but port authorities were not allowing them to sail until the damage to both ships was assessed. Passengers remained on board as the ships were not in any danger. Aegean Pearl had been scheduled to depart Piraeus Monday morning for a cruise stopping at Mykonos, Kusadasi in Turkey and then continuing to the Greek islands of Patmos, Crete and Santorini. Zenith had arrived in Piraeus after setting off from Venice, Italy, and stopping in Croatia and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini. UPDATE: Aegean Pearl was damaged at deck level on the starboard side -- some of the lifeboats were also damaged. The ship was passed to sail without passengers to Neorion Shipyard on the island of Syros where it is currently undergoing repairs and is scheduled to resume sailing in a week’s time. In the interim passengers booked on Aegean Pearl will be offered similar itineraries on Louis Hellenic’s Aquamarine or Cristal.||Collision
||The ship is heading to the Greek island of Milos for an
emergency inspection after its hull was damaged. The ship with 1200
people onboard suffered a 5-foot (1.5-meter)
gash above the water line. The Associated Press reports the ship
"scraped against a pier" as it was leaving Iraklion (Crete).
||Collision with pier --
||The ship was slightly damaged when it grazed the pier while
docking at the Greek island of Tinos. The collision caused a
small hole on the left side of the ship's bow above the water
line. It was fixed and the ship wason its way in thenext hour.
||The ship "bumped" MSC's Rhapsody in Rhodes due to 9 force
winds. They had
been berthed all morning, and in the late afternoon the winds were so
strong that the mooring rope from the Oceanic snapped and the ship hit
the Rhapsody's stern causing damage to the deck rail and flag pole.
||Bump (Fender Bender)
||Orient Queen||An Indonesian sailor was killed and another crew member was seriously injured in an accident Monday at the island of Mykonos. The man was killed after a mooring line snapped, as the Greek-flagged ship was preparing berth at the island -- it was extremely windy, which undoubtedly contributed to causing the tragedy. A second Indonesian sailor was hospitalized in serious condition.||Crew Member killed & injured
||Sea Diamond||The English-language Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports
that the government has yet to decide how it will remonve more than 400
tons of fuel still in the shipwreck 120 metres below the sea.
Some of the fuel has already started to leak, prompting a cleanup of
Snatorini's beaches. Experts fear that half the fuel oil may have
already seeped from the ship; the remaining fuel could still create a
serious problem for the marine environment.
||Sea Diamond||The ship hit a reef in a lagoon a half mile from shore
near the main port of Santorini. It was reported to be taking on
water and listed 12 degrees but was stabilized when watertight doors
were stabilized. All 1153 passengers and all but 20 of 391 were
evacuated from the shi, without injury. Sister ship Perla is en route to
Santorini to collect Sea Diamond’s passengers. UPDATE APRIL 6: It is reported
that the ship sunk in the early morning hours and that two French passengers — a 45 year-old man and his
missing. NOTE: An
oil spoil, with a diameter of 100 meters was detected in the region of
the sunken Sea Diamond ship in the Aegean Sea, the Greek TV channel NET
reported. Greek authorities indicated the ship had as much as 100
tons of oil The Greek Government, fearing a serious blow to
Santorini's tourist economy from oil pollution (the ship contained more
than 400 tons of fuel), has announced it
sue the ship's owner and ensure it takes full responsibility for clean
up operations. FROM A PASSENGER:
Please update your information
on the sinking of the Sea Diamond. I was on the ship. The ship listed
at least 30 degrees, it was never stablized, despite the closing of the
watertight doors, and what's worse, the lifeboats did not work and
there were no life jackets at the muster stations. There was also never
an emergency signal given, nor a call to abandon ship. The ship was also then towed to
deeper waters and allowed to sink with all of our belongings on board.
||Twenty-seven passengers, ten of them children, came down with diarrhea, fever and vomiting yesterday on a cruise to the Greek islands. The company says the illness is from a virus (i.e., norovirus) and disputed newspapers which said the illness was from food poisoning.||Illness
||More than 1000 passengers were safely evacuated following a
bomb threat that proved to be a hoax. The vessel's departure from
Piraeus on a three-day cruise of the Aegean Islands was delayed.
||A "Mayday" was sent out saying
the 39-year-old ship had ship was on fire, 15 miles off Beachy Head on
UK coast. The fire broke out in the early hours in the starboard
engine -- it was extinguished by 6AM. Passengers (462) and
crew (246) were at muster stations in the lifeboats, but an
evacuation was not necessary. The ship was towed to Southampton
and passengers disembarked.