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One Ocean Cruise Ships Commandeered by Russians

Akademik Ioffe at pier 27

Cruise Critic is reporting that the One Ocean Cruise ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov and
Akademik Ioffe have had their charters suddenly ended by the Russian government. Both ships were scheduled to begin arctic cruises in June. those cruises have now been canceled, with the the ships owners recalling the vessels to Kaliningrad for “repairs” at the end of the Antarctic cruise season.

Both ships are registered to Russian Research institutes, and have been on long term charter to One Ocean since 2011, and in the expedition business since the 90’s.

the Akademik Ioffe ended its season early after it ran aground in the arctic. The incident in the Gulf of Boothia resulted in a small spill, which was initially not reported. the ship was repaired in Les Mechins PQ, and joined the Antarctic Cruise season.

Late Arrivals due to Weather Watch.

Ships were delayed entering port yesterday due to weather. Ships started moving in the Evening, though weather remained an issue. the pilot boat was directing vessels to turn to starboard, and sail a course of 030, in order to shelter the pilot boarding operation. The First ship to arrive at 1900 was the YM Movement for Fairview Cove (Above).

Second in line was the PCTC Grande New York (above) which sailed for Autoport. The Cruise ship Fram was the third vessel to arrive. It was scheduled to arrive yesterday morning, but instead spent the day waiting out the weather in the approaches. the Ship extended its stay, and will now sail this afternoon.

2 cruise ship day

Monday brought 2 cruise ships to Halifax, with Zaandam tied up at pier 22, and Norwegian Dawn was hidden at pier 31. Zaandam departed for Sydney NS, and Norwegian Dawn for Saint John NB.

Zaandam, Now a regular for Holland American Lines
Norwegian Dawn, another frequent Halifax Caller.

Monday Traffic

Today brought 2 cruise ships, the Silver wind at Pier 23 (above), and the Amadea at Pier 22. the PCTC Copernicus Leader (Below) passes the dredging operations at pier 42 while outbound for Antwerp Belgium from autoport.

Halterm saw 2 ships – Skogafoss for Eimskip occupied Pier 41, and Bomar Rebecca for Tropical at Pier 42. A late arrival of note was the CCGS Private Robertson VC, the first of the Hero Class Midshore Patrol Vessels, and normally stationed in Sarnia Ont.

Start of the Cruise Season

hopefully passengers are not expecting weather conditions as depicted in this photo.

Today marks the beginning of the Cruise ship season with the arrival this morning of the Marina for Oceana Cruises. the ship is sailing a 14 Day New York to Southampton transatlantic route with stops in Saint John, New Brunswick (07 Apr); Halifax, Nova Scotia (08 Apr); St Johns, Newfoundland (10 Apr); Cork, Ireland (14 Apr); Dublin, Ireland (15 Apr); St Malo, France (17 Apr); Le Havre (Paris), France (18 Apr); Southampton, England (19 Apr a0800)

Of course, there is 20CM of snow forecasted for today. the cruise season traditionally begins in April, though not normally this early. the previous earliest start was the arrival of the Azamara Journey, which arrived on April 12, 2012.

Cruise Ship Viking Sky – Mayday and Abandon Ship

The Cruise ship Viking Sky lost power and declared a mayday on Saturday off Norway. The ship was able to Anchor, and eventually restored some power and made it safely to port Sunday. 400 of 1300 people on board were evacuated by Helicopter. This was a significant near miss.

Viking Sky entered service in 2017, and has called on Halifax. the ship carries 930 Passengers, and 560 crew. reports 18 incidents of ships loosing power in 2016. Cruise Junkie tracks Cruse ship incidents of all types.

Below are some tweets which captured the situation.

Port Releases its 2019 Cruise Schedule.

The 2019 cruise season in Halifax will start on April 8 with the arrival of Marina, an Oceania Cruises vessel. The season will run until the first week of November, making it one of the longest seasons for the Port of Halifax with the highest number of expected cruise guests. From April 8 to November 6, the Port of Halifax is expecting 192 vessel calls carrying approximately 320,000 cruise guests. Highlights Include:

  • 9 scheduled inaugural calls in 2019, starting with the arrival of Zaandam, a Holland America Line vessel, on April 29. the ship will be assuming the regular stop previously provided by Maasdam.
  • Other Inaugural Calls include: Scenic Eclipse on Sept 5, Mein Schiff 1 on Sept 16th,, Albatros on Sept 17, Ocean Atlantic on Sept 19, Sapphire Princess on Oct.1, Riviera on Oct 3, and both MSC Meraviglia and Viking Sun on Oct 5th
  • On July 26, Cunards two Queens to come to Halifax, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2
  • Four visit from Queen Mary 2 on July 2, July 26, September 13 and October 16
  • One visit from Disney Magic on September 23
  • October 2, 2019 is expected to be the busiest passenger day with over 10,000 cruise guests on five vessels

Busiest Cruise Ship Day of the Year.

(Above) 5 Ships are packed in at the terminals, bringing over 11000 passengers to port today.

(Above) Norwegian Dawn at pier 20 taking bunkers from Algoma Dartmouth. (below) Royal Caribbeans Anthem of the Seas at Pier 22.

AidaDiva (Left) Norwegian Jade(right) Not shown is Seabourn Quest at Pier 24.

Saturday Cruisers

Saturday brought 3 cruise ships into port. Disney Magic (above) occupied pier 20. (Below) Pearl Mist sits at Pier 23. She was built by Halifax shipyards, then endured several years of litigation, before finally being accepted by her owner. she now makes a few stops in Halifax every year. Behind her at pier 22 is the royal carribein Adventure of the Seas.

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