March 2012 Archives

March 11, 2012

Costa Cruises Not Returning Fire Damaged ALLEGRA to Service

Costa Allegra Fire.jpgAs reported by Maritimelawblog last month, fire broke out in the engine room of the Costa cruise ship ALLEGRA on February 27th while sailing in the Indian Ocean. The ALLEGRA, a former cargo carrier built in 1969, was towed to Seychelles where she currently remains. Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Corp. (owner of Costa Cruises), reported to Wall Street analysts during a conference call that ALLEGRA will be sold or scrapped. Costa Cruises announced it was replacing the ALLEGRA with the 927-passenger VOYAGER for the upcoming on European cruising season.

The ALLEGRA fire was the second calamity to strike Costa Cruises this year following the CONCORDIA sinking of January 13th. Two major disasters combined with a significant drop in ticket sales fueled speculation that the Carnival Corp. may possibly re-brand the Costa name.

March 11, 2012

Passenger Medevaced Off Norwegian Cruise Ship JEWEL Off Virginia

A 47-year-old passenger was medevaced off the Norwegian cruise ship JEWEL approximately 115 miles northeast of Cape Henry, Virgina March 9, 2012. The captain of the NCL cruise ship contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 5 p.m. reporting a woman with abdominal pains was in need of medical attention. In a combined effort between a HM-60 Jayhawk crew and a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, the sick passenger and her husband was evacuated off the JEWEL and transferred to Sentera Norfolk Hospital. This is only one of several medevacs from a cruise ship Maritime Law Blog reported this year.

Coast Guard Footage of the At Sea Rescue