engines of cruise ship off Norway shutdown by storm?

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  1. Squidly-Diddly
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    nice video of stuff sliding to and fro as ship rocks back and forth, as passengers enjoy fine sport dodging. They should've unbolted that grand piano so it could slide with the rest of the junk as a piano player manically bangs away seemingly oblivious. :)
    Cruise Ship Footage Shows Mayday Chaos, Evacuation Continues in Norway https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/23/cruise-ship-evacuation-norway-mayday/
    But seriously, shouldn't stuff like the big planter be immobilized with couple straps as routine just in case a rogue wave hits? I guess they wanted to keep the room versatile but didn't want to spoil the floor with (whatever those little hatches in floors are called). I hear most of the people on these cruises are elderly, so that sort of stuff is much more a threat than if this was college spring break.

    But my real question is how and why ALL engines failed because of bad weather. This ship was built specifically for this area.

    NORWEGIAN rescue boats (and helicopters) turned back by bad weather, so they are waiting for storm to clear. To me that says if this ship sinks its Game Over for all on board. Can lifeboats function where rescue boats turn back? Can lifeboats launch with the ship rocking like that, because I'm guessing that would involve a couple good slams of lifeboat against side of hull on the way down. :( Then you'd hit the water with a pile of elderly all on once side of the boat, in rough water. Personally, I think it would be cool to get a helicopter ride "comped" with your cruise package.

    At least the captain hasn't jumped ship, like that one that ran aground in the Med. Maybe he can't. LOL. At least WiFi is still up so our intrepid correspondent could upload that great video. Alexus Sheppard ️‍ (@alexus309) | Twitter https://twitter.com/alexus309?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1109530668290183172&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tmz.com%2F2019%2F03%2F23%2Fcruise-ship-evacuation-norway-mayday%2F
     
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  2. Mr Efficiency
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    I can't imagine how they have managed to evacuate large numbers off the vessel by helicopter, sounds like a very difficult task with the pitch and roll of the ship.
     
  3. Squidly-Diddly
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    I'm guess the video was shot when all engines were dead and they were adrift. Don't vessels with more or less neutral wind-age tend to settle into parallel of waves? That is what my kayak does without a rudder or retracted rudder.

    Brings up another question: shouldn't the ship have deployed sea-anchor from bow and whatever "sail" from the stern to at least keep it facing the storm/waves instead of broaching?
     
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    I'm curious how SRtP (didn't) work on that vessel...
     
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    For it to have gotten into that situation a whole bunch of fail happened.
     
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    The grand piano is bolted to the floor, I wonder why the rest isn't . . :eek:
     
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    I'm glad they're in port, much better than this . . .

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    That looked potentially very dicey, fortunately a happy ending, but would have shaken and stirred a lot of those on board. I'm tipping a few have sworn off cruises for life.
     
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    The latter means some have to look for a new home . . :rolleyes:
     
  11. Mr Efficiency
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    I know an old guy who is 85, who has gone on 100 cruises, and obviously retains his enthusiasm for it, but if he was in that one, I'm not sure he'd be hurrying back. He tells me 70,000 tonners do move around a bit, but the 120,000 ton variety, you rarely feel anything ! Which would be in average conditions, I guess, but not in cyclonic seas.
     
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    they wanted to be able to quickly switch from Jazzerize dance class to banquet room. In all fairness, that planter would probably knock you off your feet, but then gently catch you.:) Its gonna be about 2 dozen little plastic pots of dirt on a screen and the bottom 1/2 will be empty space, and the planter itself will be textured plastic.

    I'm still curious as to why ALL (both) engines not only shut down, but couldn't be restarted for some time. Salt spray got into some electronics and today everything is fly-by-wire and glass-cockpit? I remember hearing that new USN aircraft carriers are now controlled completely via touchscreen on the bridge, and that goes to a big module that didn't seem to have any easy bypass. Seems like that would be problematic for a warship, even if they got backup screen somewhere.
     
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    I heard a report that 1 of the 4 engines had been restarted.
    So all four engines were down!
    Perhaps more of a personnel issue?
    They left port during a storm warning.
    Dropped anchor to stop being washed ashore.
    What calamity of errors would have lead to such a f*#@ -up?
    Gotta be hard on business.
    Certainly not a good career move for the Capt.
     

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    My money's on stirred up sediment clogged the fuel filters.
     
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