|2.6.10||Vistamar||BYM Marine and Maritime News reports the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) surveyors today detained the ship at Belfast Docks after numerous faults were identified on board including broken or missing fire doors and failure to maintain the vessel in line with International Safety Management (ISM) code. The passenger vessel had been en route from Invergordon when it docked in Belfast this morning and surveyors boarded the vessel to perform an inspection. In addition to detainable deficiencies there were several further deficiencies including PA systems and emergency lights for liferafts not working. The inspection has now been suspended pending an audit by an ISM auditor. Once this has been satisfactorily completed, MCA Surveyors will once again board the ship and continue their inspection. If they feel that the deficiencies have been rectified the vessel will be allowed to carry on its passage. UPDATE June 5: The BBC reports the ship is expected to set sail on Saturday but the majority of more than 200 passengers, mainly elderly Germans, have already left. The coastguard had said that 10 of the ship's 100 fire doors were faulty. It also said that one of the lifeboat engines would not start. Repairs are continuing on the ship and a further inspection is due on Saturday morning.||
Detained in port
Times reports that passengers have been disembarked while the ship
sails through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden with a reduced crew. The
200 passengers will instead spend three days making a land visit to
||Avoiding pirate attack|
||The ship had an unscheduled port call at St. Kitts after it docked at the Port Zante Pier. Wind speeds
of 25 knots gusting at 30 knots prevented the 11:30 p.m.
unberthing of the ship, extending its stay in St. Kitts until Saturday
afternoon. See SKN News.
||Delayed departure (high winds)
||The ship was impounded on the River Thames in London because
of serious safety deficiencies. The Marine & Coastguard
Agency cited safety abuses including inoperable
ship was detained in St. Thomas for 36 hours when the US
Coast Guard found that the ship lacked the International Convention for
Standards of Training Certificate and Watch Keeping -- standards
required by the International Maritime Organization. The ship was
help while crew got required training.
collided with underwater rocks near the port of Ibiza.
It was towed by emergency tugs to Ibiza and all passengers and
crew evacuated. This cruise, planned to end on May 27, was
cancelled as were two additional cruises. The ship resumed
operations in mid-July.