https://nypost.com/2019/03/23/cruise-sh ... way-coast/
Cruise ship "Viking Sky"
short list from Norwegians news:
- full engine stopp
- they have managed to start one engine, but need at least 1-2 more engine to be able to move here in this weather.
- from storm to full storm in one of the hardest sea are in Norway
- evacuating 1300 people by helicopters
- two of the Norwegian rescue vessel had to turn around due to bad weather, but are on standby at a nerbay harbor, in case of man overboard situation.
- Coast guard are in the area with
- a smaller tug is in the area and are about to connect on with tow line to either hold here up against the weather or try to hold here in position, thus relieve some pressure from the 1 working engine and giving the engine crew some time.
- two large offshore tugs are on the way, closest one need 3 hours to get there
- 2-3 cargo supply vessel are in the area
- several other supply vessels are on the way, among them those powerful anchor handling vessels
- also there is Inspection, Maintenance & Repair Vessel "Edda Fauna", some have helicopter deck, doubling up as an offshore rescue vessel that have the ability to hold it's position without a problem, in almost any weather condition.
- the operation is expected to take the entire night.
Question people is asking now, is: "why did the cruise ship, go out in that weather, knowing it have to cross on of Norway's hardest coastline?, when they knew there is storm out there"
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/ho ... .0/zoom:10
in the same area the cargo ship "Hagland captain" have also got engine problems with 9 crews onboard and are going to be evacuated. the ship are closer to land. At the moment it looks like the supply vessel "Ocean art" have gone over to that ship to probably taking it under tow or try to take it out to sea where more dedicated vessels can take her.
Apparently that cargo ship that have engine problem, did come to that are to assist with the rescue.
both vessel on the picture have engine problem: