EDITORIAL | A dangerous culture at Viking Cruises

I am loathe to kick a man, or a company, when he or it is down. However, in the case of Basel, Switzerland-based Viking Cruises, I feel it is necessary to make an exception. Given its appalling recent accident record, Viking Cruises is in dire need of a very powerful “wake up” kick. It needs to very quickly develop a strong safety culture throughout the company. A dramatic overhaul of its general corporate culture would be valuable also.

  • Published in Cruise

FEATURE: Piracy resurgent off Somalia?

Following more than four years with no reported piratical attacks off the  Somalian coast , the hijacking of the Comoros-registered, UAE-owned bunkering tanker Aris 13  on March 13, sent shock waves through the shipping community.

The 1,200-tonne ship, with a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was on passage from Djibouti to Mogadishu when it was seized as it approached the Socotra Gap, which lies between Socotra Island and Somalia. The hijacking was carried out by a group of about 30 armed pirates in at least two fast boats. The pirates are reportedly connected with the powerful Marten/Siwaaqroon sub-clan, and are led by Jacfar Saciid Cabdulaahi, reputedly a notorious pirate.

  • Published in Piracy

Norway's Stad ship tunnel to proceed

The Stad Ship Tunnel, which has yesterday received approval to proceed from the Norwegian Government, will be a 1.7-kilometre-long, 37-metre-high and 26.5-metre-wide tunnel under mountainous terrain between fjords, which will be able to allow ships the size of Hurtigruten cruise ships to navigate more safely through the very exposed Stadhavet Sea. Work on the 2.7 billion krone (US$320 million) project will begin next year, and is due for completion in 2029. 

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