A cruise ship issued a mayday during rough seas off the coast of Norway

Dozens of people were evacuated as rescue teams flew helicopters over the ship.

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42 thoughts on “A cruise ship issued a mayday during rough seas off the coast of Norway

  1. These moderns ships rely on having power to remain stable. If it loses all engine power, the stabilizer will no longer be functional and the ship will wobble dangerously due to the high center of gravity.

  2. Reporters don't kmow what they are talking about…. by saying"….with just 4 helicopters…." – indicating that there should have been many more.
    Well, Norway is a leading maritime nation and a leading nation in off-shore oil industri.
    In connection to that
    Norway has a helicopter capacity like few others.
    The pilots are highly trained and work on daily basis over these stormy waters under extreme weather. Along the coast there are bases with helicopers/crew on continuous standby for search and rescue.
    These pilots in action – here in this video – are not just some amateurs that has been tossed in.
    The central that lead and coordinate this operation are also highly trained and experienced.
    The operation was massive – much bigger than the few helicopters you see in this video.
    There were also another operation going on nearby – rescueing the crew from a freight ship that sank.
    So the assessment was that there was simply not space for more helicopters – for the rescue of the cruise passangers. At any time was there a helicopter over the ship lifting up people and right behind it was another waiting to move in when the first helicopter was filled up.
    There is only one thing to say about these american tourists: It was a lucky strike for them – when thing went wrong – that it happen on the Norwegian coast. With its massive capasities and tax-payer who finance this.
    The costs – by the way – for this were im the multi million ( US-dollar ) class.
    Someone wondering why we pay taxes…?????

  3. Press release: Viking Sky
    PUBLISHED: 27/03/2019
    Throughout the night, the NMA has worked together with the ship's classification society, Lloyd’s, and the company in order to identify the reason why the Viking Sky suffered power “blackout” at Hustadvika in challenging weather conditions on Saturday 23 March. For the present, our conclusion is that the engine failure was directly caused by low oil pressure.

    Picture of Viking Sky
    PHOTO: Erik Johan Landa, Sjøfartsdirektoratet
    Last night, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) granted the company a permit to sail on a single voyage to Kristiansund to have necessary repairs made. Throughout the night, the NMA has worked together with the ship's classification society, Lloyd’s, and the company in order to identify the reason why the Viking Sky suffered power “blackout” at Hustadvika in challenging weather conditions on Saturday 23 March.

    For the present, our conclusion is that the engine failure was directly caused by low oil pressure. The level of lubricating oil in the tanks was within set limits, however relatively low, when the vessel started to cross Hustadvika. The tanks were provided with level alarms, however these had not been triggered at this time. The heavy seas in Hustadvika probably caused movements in the tanks so large that the supply to the lubricating oil pumps stopped. This triggered an alarm indicating a low level of lubrication oil, which in turn shortly thereafter caused an automatic shutdown of the engines.

    The NMA has drawn up a general safety notice about ensuring a continuous supply of lubricating oil to engines and other critical systems in poor weather conditions. This should be done in cooperation with the engine supplier and, moreover, be included in the ship’s risk assessments in the safety management system.

    Viking Ocean Cruises has made the following statement: “We welcome the prompt and efficient investigation carried out by the NMA and we fully understand and acknowledge their findings. We have inspected the levels on all our sister ships and are now revising our procedures to ensure that this issue could not be repeated. We will continue to work with our partners and the regulatory bodies in supporting them with the ongoing investigations,”

    Norwegian Maritime Authority is in a continuous dialogue with the company and classification society, and this cooperation has been successful. We will follow up the ongoing work to rectify damages on vessels. Furthermore, we will continue the constructive dialogue with the classification society, company and the Accident Investigation Board Norway in order to reveal underlying causes and identify appropriate measures.

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