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MAYDAY - Viking Sky cruise ship engines fail in rough seas

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posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 12:55 PM
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More than 1,000 people are being evacuated by helicopter from the cruise ship Viking Sky on the Norwegian coastline today. The ship has run into problems in high winds on a notorious stretch of water known as Hustadvika in Møre og Romsdal county, about 2.5 nautical miles from shore. It had been traveling from Tromsø in the far north of Norway down to Stavanger when the problems struck.


Cruise Ship Passengers Evacuated By Helicopter In Storms On Norwegian Coast




It was later able to restart one engine and is now anchored about 1.5 miles from land and no longer adrift.

Images from a passing fishing trawler show two rescue helicopters assisting the ship.


Passengers evacuated after Viking Sky cruise ship's engines fail



Never been on a cruise ship and don't think I every will. Between the outbreaks of sickness, problems with the ships and deaths that occur on them.

The sea is not forgiving, especially when you put thousands of people on one ship that is run to make a profit.




posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 01:08 PM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars

Hmm - with 4 MAN deisels - less than 3 years old - its likley contaminated fuel - or the engineering section needs replacing [ crew ]



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 01:31 PM
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I just do not think I would want to be a sardine in that big tin can.

My cousin goes on cruises quite often with people, I don't think it would be fun if you went on it more than one time, I would be bored. I can go out in the woods and pick blueberries and never get bored, but I get bored with things like Casinos and vacations where you get stuck in a structured routine. Being stuck on a cruise ship doesn't appeal to me at all, neither does going to a resort for a five day vacation. Maybe working at a resort would be interesting, but not being waited on hand and foot.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 02:33 PM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars

i did 3 voyages on cruise ships ,conventional designs in my carrier in the british merchant navy with no problem but i'm not sure about these floating skyscrapers theirs not much room to maneuver if anything goes pear shaped
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posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 02:40 PM
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When I was over in Malaysia I got to know a guy from Norway who was a Chief Engineer on a large cruise ship under construction. The Norwegians are some seriously hard-core ship builders and mariners. Arguably some of the best in the world. They would assign a Chief Engineer at the time of the laying of the keel, and that engineer would stay with the ship for it's entire service life (or until retirement).

He was telling me one time, whenever you see a big cruise ship like this go dead in the water it's almost certainly a serious and major problem. He was also quick to say never listen to what the media or the cruise lines said in their press releases, the real story was always far more serious (like a major fire, etc.) because otherwise it would be nearly impossible to becalm a multi-engine ship like that.

That they allowed themselves to get this close to shore, and are now evacuating by helo, suggests this issue is far more serious than being reported...further confirming what my friend told me. He indicated that if the problem was minor the protocol was to steam away from shore to put some water between them, but serious issues the directions were to steam towards shore if they thought they might lose the ship altogether (i.e. they'd run it aground to keep from losing the hull).



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 03:59 PM
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Pretty hectic out there with a nearby freighter also dead in the water with a crew of 9 and engine trouble.
Lucky for them there were already 5 helicopters and several offshore supply ships already in the area to assist the cruise ship.

Both ships have reportedly dropped anchor and people are being airlifted to shore with helicopters. A difficult scene as people have to be winched off the deck one by one in rough seas and strong winds.

The freighter is not being evacuated for the time being.

Edit: Latest information indicates the freighter is being abandoned and the crew jumping into the sea to hopefully be hoisted out and taken to shore.
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posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 09:45 PM
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a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

I agree with you just on logic alone. You don't pull that many people off a ship in that kind of weather unless you think you may not have any other choice. You are weighing safety of passengers in all scenarios, and evacuating in that kind of weather presents a substantial risk, especially with that many.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 09:53 PM
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Seems kind of backwards, you would thing it would be safer to continue to Stavanger on one engine?
Is the CIA getting ready for another false flag?



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 10:16 PM
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Chicago local news just devoted 3 minutes to this cruise ship's problem and rescues, because the videos and pictures were emotional.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 10:36 PM
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I think I'd want to be on the first chopper off of that thing. I realize the people who run these cruise lines are money grubbers but it just seems like this day and age, to have a ship of that size and (apparent) sophistication completely dead in the water would have to be due to gross incompetence from the crew or something.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 11:03 PM
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How could all four engines fail? That sounds pretty weird. It does not say anything about a fire. Now maybe a cooling water pipe could of failed or something but you would think they would have more than one inlet and outlet pipe. Something is being withheld so people do not lose faith in this company.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 11:11 PM
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originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: LookingAtMars

Hmm - with 4 MAN deisels - less than 3 years old - its likley contaminated fuel - or the engineering section needs replacing [ crew ]




Heavy seas can be a female dog to maritime engines. If your screws leave most or all the way out of the water, you can overspeed the engine. When they slam back down, you can bend a shaft. Can also break the seals surrounding the shafts and take on water into the engineering spaces. You also stir up all the crap in your oil and fuel reservoirs which either enters the engine or clogs filters.

Nothing has to be wrong with the engine beforehand. Things just take a beating getting thrown up and down in 20+ foot seas.
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posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 11:15 PM
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a reply to: Slichter

Ship that big acts like a big sail in a storm. Also has even more surface area below water, so it's getting pushed by the water/waves/tide. Not enough engine power to keep her pointed where you want her to go, which in this case is into the wind and/or away from shore. Pretty soon you're taking waves broadside and getting major rolls while trapped in the trough. Not pleasant for anyone and potentially dangerous on any ship. Now add a few thousand people who have zero experience at sea and all sorts of furniture, pianos, etc getting thrown back and forth for a great travel review. Far safer to get everyone off.
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posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 11:48 PM
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That doesn't look like much of a storm though. I would think that there are bigger ships than that sailing in rougher seas than that all the time.



posted on Mar, 23 2019 @ 11:56 PM
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a reply to: BrianFlanders


Because they are no longer in the midst of the storm?

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posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 04:12 AM
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Have been traveling between Norway-Sweden-Denmark-U.K-Iceland-Germany for at least 50-60 times in the past 30 years, never been witnessed to any major/minor problems with any of those cruise ships (but those darn drunken people).

There must be a very special technical case which can happen at any time, anywhere.

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posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 07:25 AM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars
I’ve been following this a little bit in between basketball games and they were able to anchor and restart one engine.

The Grand Poobahs of Viking cruise Lines have ordered that all passengers abandon ship.
The only way is by helicopter and they are doing it with 5 choppers. How long will it take to 1000 passenger one at a time?

Or am I missing something?



posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 09:16 AM
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Looks like the crisis is over and no one lost their life thankfully.

Thanks to everyone who posted info and comments.

Norway cruise ship heads to port with 479 rescued, 20 hurt


Rescue helicopters took more than 475 passengers from a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather before the vessel departed for a nearby port under escort and with nearly 900 people still on board, the ship’s owner said Sunday.




Viking Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen praised the rescue operation by Norwegian authorities and the actions of the vessel’s crew.

He told Norway’s VG newspaper that the events surrounding the Viking Sky were “some of the worst I have been involved in, but now it looks like it’s going well in the end and that we’ve been lucky.”



posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 10:10 AM
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Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place. A tug boat and two other vessels were assisting the Viking Sky travel from the bay to Molde.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 meters (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 meters (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped.


Looks as though the position near shore was the work of Mother Nature, not the crew. Without power it was drifting toward shore.



posted on Mar, 24 2019 @ 11:37 AM
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a reply to: roadgravel

Dropping the anchors was a last ditch effort to prevent the ship being thrown onto the reefs and turning the bow into the waves, and luckily for everyone the anchors held until they got one engine running and could limp further out.




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