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Couple die on shore excursion in Mexico

Posted by RCI fans on November 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Central Florida couple was killed this weekend during a third-party shore excursion in Cozumel.


 

Friends identified the couple as 39-year-old Jim Melillo and his girlfriend, 41-year-old Susan Borges. The two were aboard the Liberty of the Seas on a four-night sailing from Port Everglades that included a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.


 

The couple died around 1:30 pm on Saturday 17th November while participating in a non-cruise sponsored sand buggy shore excursion, according to a statement from Royal Caribbean.


 

The driver of the sand buggy apparently lost control of the vehicle and hit a metal bar. Melillo and Borges died on impact.


 

Ferreira was initially held at a jail in Mexico, but has since been released and returned to Florida. He was not charged with a crime, said Nicole Rego, a friend of the couple who is acting as family spokesperson.


Royal Caribbean issued a statement about the incident, "We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 43-year-old male guest and 31-year-old female guest from the United States who died on November 17, 2012. ... Our care team is providing support and assistance to guests, family and friends. Our thoughts are with their family and friends, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them."

 



New gas scrubber on Liberty of the Seas gets DNV approval

Posted by RCI fans on July 21, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A Green Tech Marine GTM R15 compact exhaust gas scrubber recently installed aboard Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Liberty of the Seas has received a MARPOL "Statement of Compliance" certificate from DNV.


 

This scrubber has shown that the measurements of exhaust gas emission and wash water criteria have been shown to be well below the required limits stated in the MEPC guideline 184(59). This will ensure Liberty of the Seas is compliant with the 0.1 percent sulfur limit that will be required in ECAs from 2015.


 

Beyond the efficient removal of SOx and other particles, the GTM R15 offers a number of advantages over other scrubbers, such as its minimal footprint requirement and low weight. It is also energy efficient, requiring virtually no external chemicals and allowing for installation during operation.


 

The GTM R15 that Green Tech Marine and Royal Caribbean are pilot testing was installed onboard Liberty of the Seas while the ship was in service. The compact design required no extra space as the scrubber replaced the ship's exhaust silencer.


 

Prior to the shipboard pilot, a preliminary scrubber test was performed shore side in Norway for 11 months. After several visits to analyze the scrubber's performance, Royal Caribbean committed to a pilot test.


 

Over the next 4-6 months Green Tech will continue to test the GTM R15 onboard Liberty of the Seas to demonstrate that the scrubber can be operated continuously over a sustained period of time and maintain the same positive results as the initial tests achieved.

Liberty of the Seas nearly runs over fishing boat

Posted by RCI fans on July 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Noticias de Cruceros reports that on the 6th July, the Liberty of the Seas almost collided with a small Italian fishing vessel, the Angelo II based in Civitavecchia, in waters near the port city of Latium on the western coast of Italy.



According to Noticias de Cruceros, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship was on a collision course with the Angela II, which had deployed its cables and fishing nets and was trawling for fish. The captain of the much smaller fishing boat radioed the Liberty of the Seas as it was bearing down on the boat, but the cruise ship neither responded nor altered course.


The captain of the Angela II had to cut all of its cables and nets and execute an emergency maneuver to avoid being run over by the Liberty of the Seas which passed 15 meters (less than 35 feet) away.


The captain notified the Italian Coast Guard which opened an administrative investigation, which could turn into a criminal investigation if the authorities conclude that the cruise ship ignored its radar and the cries from the fishing vessel via radio and refused to alter course.


The Angela II also alleges economic damages after its cables and nets sank.


The Noticias de Cruceros blog points out that giant cruise ships like the Liberty of the Seas are chock full of sophisticated technical equipment like radar, VHF, electronic charts, GPS, and many other systems. However the problem is that notwithstanding all of this technology, the bridge officers can make reckless decisions like intentionally sailing close to shore (a la' Costa Concordia) or ignoring cries for help (a la' Star Princess) or, in this case, not answering the radio or changing course to avoid a collision with a smaller fishing boat.


The blog concludes that while the cruise industry is considering improvements to its operating procedures, consideration must be given to re-evaluating the staffing of the bridge team and the training of the bridge officers to maintain a proper lookout.


Source: Cruise Law News