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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below are some tweets which captured the situation.
#vikingsky map speaks for itself, had the ship not been able to secure anchors and get engine powered again it would be a costa concordia scenario all over again. Situation better now and winds should ease later on pic.twitter.com/6Zi31kTVjO
NEW: First responders are evacuating passengers stuck on a cruise ship off west coast of Norway as video shows rescue boats, helicopters arriving to scene of Viking Sky seen floating adrift in stormy weather after suffering from engine failure Saturday. https://t.co/Hh4uCLhYqWpic.twitter.com/jPbw3V5iBK
Helicopter video from the evacuation of 1,300 passengers from the Viking Sky cruise ship off the coast of Norway. The vessel has been able to restart one of the engines and is now anchored two kilometres from land. https://t.co/tUBm6A04pNpic.twitter.com/BzRDcX9fuJ
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.
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.