COLUMN | Are cruise passengers aware of the dangers? [Tug Times]

The recent drama involving the passenger ship Viking Sky is rapidly fading from the collective consciousness, and in the aftermath everyone is playing the traditional game of blame the captain. The argument seems to be that he should not have sailed, because a Hurtigruten passenger ship which was in port at the same time decided not to risk the bad weather.

  • Published in Cruise

EDITORIAL | Cruise ship safety doubts

The recent “accident” that befell the Norwegian-owned cruise ship Viking Sky has served as a stark reminder of how close to disaster such vessels are sometimes sailed. While no one was seriously injured or killed in this case, it could be said that it was more by good luck than good management.

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BOOK REVIEW | A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks

By Stewart Gordon

Covering the very lengthy period from 6,000 BC to 2012 AD, these well described and carefully selected shipwreck stories certainly do offer an excellent, if a little abridged, history of the world. Ever since visiting the brilliant marine archaeology museum in Bodrum, Turkey, many years ago, your reviewer has been convinced that its specialty offers some of the most useful and, perhaps oddly, best preserved artefacts available from historical study.

COLUMN: Tough times for salvors [Grey Power]

They are an emergency service upon which the shipping industry depends. They represent a repository of specialised expertise that no amount of money could magic out of thin air, if they were no longer available. They have a king’s ransom locked up in their equipment, strategically located around the world. They are the “last resort”, when a ship is disabled, threatens to leak its cargo all over some environmentally sensitive region, or is wrecked.

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