GLORY of the SEAS
Since march 2016 Glory Sea
Registered Owner: Diamond Cruise International Co.Ltd. - China - Operator: Shanghai Xinhong Shipping Management Co., Ltd - China
Entered operational service 2002/2005/2015 - Gross Tonnage 24.782- Passengers lower beds: 832 - All berths: 920 - Passenger decks: 8 - Length: 180,45 m. - Beam: 25,50 m.- Propulsion: 4 x Wärtsilä 4 stroke single acting diesel engines type 9 LW 46 C power each 9.450 kW - Total power: 37.800 kW - 2 Controllable pitch propellers - Service Speed: 20 knots - Max. speed: 28 knots - Built: Blohm und Voss Shipyards GmbH - Germany - Yard no. 962 - Flag: Malta - Classification: RINA
|Passenger space ratio all berths: 26.43|
Former names: Olympia Explorer- Olympic Explorer - Explorer - Celestyal Odyssey under this name has not been operational -Glory of the Seas- ( Glory Sea since 2016 until present
Sistership: Grand Voyager until 2012 Costa Voyager until 2014 - now Chinese Taishan - until present
Jan.27 -2005 Voyager’s sistership Explorer, owned by Stella Maritime ( V- Ships) , had almost
identical problems in the Pacific about 1600 miles of Hawaii. After
a powerful wave hit the vessel, knocking out the same bridge window and disabling the
bridge console’s electronic engine control system. The former Olympia Explorer
is on long-term charter to the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for
See also page Grand Voyager.
June 8 -2005: Five months after a rogue wave struck the MV EXPLORER in northern Pacific waters, rattling 700 students and disabling the ship, the University of Pittsburgh has decided to end its over twenty year sponsorship of the Semester at Sea program. In addition to concern over the use of the EXPLORER (ex OLYMPIC EXPLORER, OLYMPIA EXPLORER) which has not proven to be a comfortable sea boat in severe weather conditions.
June 11-2005: The Institute for Shipboard Education and the University of Pittsburgh reached an agreement under which the University will continue to certify academic credit for participation in Semester at Sea until the spring 2006 semester. This agreement will mean that all upcoming voyages will continue as scheduled. A statement on their website reagarding recent news reports, it stated. Det Norske Veritas, a renowned Norwegian company with an impeccable reputation in the shipping industry, to inspect the ship and conduct a full evaluation of the circumstances around the incident. In their final assessment, DNV reported that the MV EXPLORER, "in light of the severity of the weather it encountered, performed better than any ship of her class." Based on their recommendations, modifications have been made to the ship that include, among others, reinforcement of the metal framing and windows on the navigational bridge. The improvements further enhance the MV Explorer's seaworthiness and suitability as our shipboard campus for many years to come".
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