|Viking Sky in heavy problems
March 23 - 2019
As of 6:30 p.m. local time in Norway, the Viking Sky
was being evacuated via five helicopters with an
estimated 900 passengers and crew remaining aboard
in rough sea conditions.Each helicopter is taking 10
to 15 people in one trip.The ship was reported to be
stable but without main engine power just two
kilometers off shore in heavy weather. One engine is
reported to be back online. The ship has power,
according to video posted on social media from
passengers and crew aboard.
The wind and sea conditions have put a stop to
lifeboats being lowered, and Norwegian authorities
have put in a helicopter rescue plan, adding that
they would prefer passengers and crew be on
land.Norwegian authorities have already spooled
local sources, with multiple helicopters lifting
passengers and crew ashore. Some six other vessels
are also on their way to assist, but may encounter
problems with unfavorable sea conditions. So
far, 150 persons have been evacuated five with minor
injuries are admitted to local hospitals. A local
paper has reported that two rescue vessels were
forced to turn back after meeting waves that were
over 30 feet high One muster station had a
door blow inside and some flood is coming in.
Passengers are moved to midship.
Viking has updated the press with the latest
confirm that as of 10am (Norwegian time) today March 24, the Viking Sky,
is safely travelling to Molde under its own power. The ship is being
accompanied by two offshore supply ships and one tug assist vessel. The
evacuation of passengers has ended and there are currently 436 guests
and 458 crew onboard.The
ship arrived safely in Molde in the course of Sunday.
The 479 passengers who were airlifted from the vessel
are currently on shore and arrangements have been made to fly them home,
with the first passengers leaving today. Currently we understand 20
people suffered injuries as a result of this incident, and they are all
receiving care at the relevant medical centres in Norway, with some
already having been discharged.
According to Norwegian sources, three passengers
suffered serious injuries, one being considered critical.
Arriving in Molde, Torstein Hagen, CEO and chairman
of Viking Ocean Cruises, credited the Norwegian rescue team with having
done an outstanding job.
As for why the Viking Sky sailed despite
the weather conditions, when even Hurtigruten held their ships in Bergen
and Trondheim, according to Norwegian press reports, Hagen said he could
answer that question and it was being investigated.
When the ship arrived in Molde this afternoon, a reception center was
established at Rica Seilet Hotel, where passengers will be accommodated
prior to their transfers home.436 passengers were still onboard the ship
together with 458 crew members when the ship arrived in Molde, according
to local authorities. The return of passengers to their homes is already
in progress. The first passengers will be leaving Molde by plane from
Årø airport this evening, and all returns are scheduled to be completed
by Monday(25 march) evening.
Webmaster: A potential big disaster is averted.
Why the captain has decided not to have visit a safe
harbor in these weather conditions and how it was
possible that 3 of the 4 main engines have failed
will certainly be further investigated!
-2019 For the present, our conclusion is that the
engine failure was directly caused by low oil
pressure," the NMA said. "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."
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
should be done in cooperation with the
engine supplier and, moreover, be included
in the ship’s risk assessments in the safety
management system, the NMA said, in a
welcome the prompt and efficient
investigation carried out by the NMA and we
fully understand and acknowledge their
findings," Viking said, in a prepared
statement. "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,”On Tuesday, the NMA granted
Viking Cruises a permit to sail on a single
voyage to Kristiansund to have necessary
BAD TIME FOR VIKING
April 1-2019 We can confirm that just after
midnight (CEST) on 1 April, VIKING IDUN and
a cargo vessel collided while sailing from
Antwerp to Ghent. No guests were injured.
The ship sustained some damage near the bow
and is currently docked in Terneuzen with
all guests. While damage of the ship is
being assessed, guests will continue with a
modified version of the itinerary. We hope
to have the ship in operation in time for
its next departure on 4 April, if that
should not be so future guests will be
accommodated on another Viking Longship.
Viking’s Customer Relations team will
communicate directly with the guests or
their travel agents. The Maltese-flagged
CHEMICAL MARKETER, built in 2004, is a
134-meter chemical tanker with a deadweight
of 14,298 tonnes. The cause of the incident
is under investigation.