New Zealand – Azamara Quest investigation report, master/pilot communication failure

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) issued the report of its investigation of the 27 January 2016 incident when the passenger vessel Azamara Quest struck Wheki Rock while entering the port of Picton. A harbor pilot boarded the vessel outside the entrance to Tory Channel. The master and pilot exchanged information and discussed the passage…

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Flashback in maritime history – Sinking of SS Marine Electric, 12 February 1983

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The SS Marine Electric sank during a storm in the North Atlantic on 12 February 1983. Of the 34 crew members on board, three survived, but only after enduring 90 minutes in extremely cold water. The ship had passed all required inspections and surveys, but the subsequent USCG Marine Casualty Report revealed the inspections and surveys…

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Cruise ship industry updated orders coming in the near future

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) In the period 2015-2016, 17 new vessels were launched adding a total of 41162 passenger capacity to the worldwide industry, which was 9,1% growth, with additional USD 3,4 billion dollars in annual revenue. By the year 2027, based on all current shipbuilding orders, Royal Caribbean (RCCL) will be ranked the world’s largest passenger shipping company (estimated…

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