Viking Sun

Viking Sky - a conclusion

March 26, 2019 - The Viking Sky accident off the Norwegian coast came to a conciliatory end for most of the 1373 passengers and crew members. The ship was able to call at the port of the small town of Molde on its own and 24 hours after the emergency call was made. Around 30 passengers were injured and property damage occurred to the ship. It is time to draw a conclusion.

Sailing cruise ships just below Norway's coast in March is a critical undertaking even for laypeople. And now the last one knows: The sea area around Hustadvika between Trondheim and Ålesund is treacherous. But that doesn't change the fact that a 228 meter long and 29 meter wide cruise ship can and must handle waves 7, 8 or 9 meters high without any problems. On one condition: the ship must be controllable. However, it is unclear why the ship's command chose the route through the storm at all. That needs to be clarified. Hurtigruten, for example, kept its ships in the region's ports that day. One more thing had to be clear: In such weather conditions, the ship's own lifeboats could not have been deployed.

Sister ship Viking Sun in Bergen

Sister ship Viking Sun in Bergen

It also needs to be clarified why the two main engines failed. The ship was only taken over in June 2017. It is not a soul seller. It was built by one of the Fincantieri shipyards. The shipyard group is the world market leader in the construction of cruise ships. And as far as the engines are concerned, they were made by MAN, an equally renowned manufacturer. It is reported that MAN has sent engineers to Norway to investigate what was happening. In addition, the Norwegian State Average Commission has initiated an investigation. There will also be a need for internal clarification at Viking Ocean Cruises.

It should be noted that the shipping company apologized to the passengers and crew. You are generous towards travelers. The travel expenses of the voyage ending with an average will be reimbursed to the ship guests. In addition, each guest is offered a new trip as compensation. The guests in Molde Any hotel and meal costs incurred are for the account of Viking.

Despite everything, what happened is annoying and disturbing. But it is also annoying and annoying that self-proclaimed "experts" in the media are now discrediting the cruise industry with sensational reports. Believe it or not, cruises are one of the safest forms of vacation. International agreements, excellent technology and qualified, prudent crews guarantee this every day.





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