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Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« on: March 23, 2019, 04:31:11 PM »
The Viking Sky cruise ship loss power with some frightening results for the 1300 passengers.  See this video around minute mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nJ07anK15c

So if you were goingbto take a cruise, how would you prep?

More info:

https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEP-FdBvf4S4eWfttetNW1tUqGQgEKhAIACoHCAowyNj6CjDyiPICMJyFxQU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Cruise ship carrying 1,300 passengers forced to evacuate off Norway

A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway's western coast on Saturday, then began evacuating its 1,300 passengers and crew amid stormy seas and high winds in a high-risk helicopter rescue operation. The Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as bad weather hit Norway's coastal regions on Saturday.

Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said the ship managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim, so the evacuations could take place.

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances.







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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2019, 11:22:46 AM »
So if you were going to take a cruise, how would you prep?

Well I think a good survival rule would be- "Don't take a cruise in northern latitudes in March" so I'd never have gone in the first place..;)
Same applies to air travel, i.e. don't fly in bad weather (especially at night) if you can avoid it.
PS- I wonder why the ships engines all failed at the same time? At a guess I'd say the propellers kept getting lifted partially out of the water on the swells and were high-revving in thin air causing them to blow a gasket by overheating.
If that's what happened the captain must take the rap.

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2019, 12:32:00 PM »
Investigation is still underway.  But reports are they took a hit in the middle of a storm losing all oil pressure.  The cargo ship Hagland Captain responded to their mayday and too suffered engine failure in the storm.  So some seriously rough conditions.

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 03:32:12 PM »
Well I think a good survival rule would be- "Don't take a cruise in northern latitudes in March" so I'd never have gone in the first place..;)

this.


we live in such a sanitized world, for the most part.  People are so far removed from the effects of nature - AC in the summer, heat in the winter, snow plows in and after a blizzard, lightening rods on houses, etc, - that the idea that a storm could be so bad it could effect a modern ship is unthinkable.  Not just a foreign idea, but an idea/event so out of modern life that it does not even enter into thought and planning.  It is not just bad planning, it is lack of thought.  Storms that cause ship problems/wrecks are sooo last century, Titanic, Edmund Fitzgerald, etc.  It kind of reminds me of the river cruise last year where the whole family drowned - and not a one of them was wearing a life jacket.

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 03:52:57 PM »
I've been on a cruise ship in a bad storm. Not so bad as this one but we had top deck pools slosh empty, people puking everywhere, and furniture sliding. It's a disaster because you have almost no control.

I had breakfast (most didn't) because I don't suffer motion sickness. But my wife and I worked out the emergency plan. We plopped ourselves just outside the casino (our meeting place for evac) and reviewed safety material. In short we were ready and even some staff noticed our game plan.

As far as goodies go I would feel naked on a cruise without a flashlight.

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 05:17:54 AM »
As far as goodies go I would feel naked on a cruise without a flashlight.

Yay, and I'd also routinely carry one in my pocket on an airliner or a train in case it filled with smoke or the lights went out.

In 1987 193 people (out of a total of 539 aboard) drowned and/or succumbed to hypothermia when the passenger ferry 'Herald of Free Enterprise' semi-capsized at night within minutes of leaving port because the crew forgot to close the bow door, and it came to rest semi-submerged on its side on a sandbank (pic below)

Then- "The water quickly reached the ship's electrical systems, destroying both main and emergency power and leaving the ship in darkness."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Herald_of_Free_Enterprise

So, in pitch black conditions the victims wouldn't have been able to see where the stairways, doors and windows were to get out, even if they'd been able to reach them, for example the doors might have now been in the "ceiling" above their heads.



PS- I bought this mini-torch recently after seeing it by accident in Wilkos, and thought "I gotta have one!"
The beam is fantastically bright for its size and the thing is so tiny it can easily be carried in a pocket..:)


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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 07:03:17 AM »
I have a Nemo brand flashlight with a cutting edge for self defense purposes on the lens housing; would that be allowed on an airplane?

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2019, 09:48:38 AM »
  Gooood  question!

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2019, 05:22:02 PM »
I have a Nemo brand flashlight with a cutting edge for self defense purposes on the lens housing; would that be allowed on an airplane?

Not if they notice.  The knife restriction is interpretted broadly: "In general, you are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects in your carry-on baggage; please pack these items in your checked baggage."

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2019, 02:55:23 PM »
I think loosing power on a ship will have far greater mplications than one expects.

IF the power failure harms the ability to control the ship we are talking about the lieklihood of the ship cpasizing and more.
You see AFAIK being unable to steer the ship headlong to the waves will leave the ship exposed to lateral hits.
So I think the right thing to expect is "abandon ship"

hope I am wrong with my gueesimation

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2019, 07:58:51 AM »
I carry a USB battery pack powered fan when traveling on an airplane in the event the air is cut off on the tarmac, which has happened.

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Re: Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2019, 07:19:56 PM »
Was interesting to hear Dillon Allen's experiences with power failure in Episode 2459.

I carry a USB battery pack powered fan when traveling on an airplane in the event the air is cut off on the tarmac, which has happened.

That is a very good idea!