On December 21, 2015, Cruise Europa, a ferry owned by Greek shipping company Minoan Lines had a fire aboard in the galley with an estimated 781 passengers aboard. The fire was no electric, instead cause by galley workers.
The cruise line stated the sprinkling fire fighting system stopped its extension and quickly extinguished it. The ship was inspected and permitted to continue at sea with no passenger or crew injuries reported.
Cruise Europa home ports is Palermo, Italy and the ferry runs a schedule consisting of Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Patras.
Wahana Gili Ocean 4 high speed #ferry explosion injures 25 passengers, 129 aboard. Wahana Gili Ocean 4 suffered an engine explosion about 30 minutes out to sea from Senggigi on Lombok in the Indonesian islands.
There were 19 passengers injured, including 11 passengers who received burns and eight who suffered broken bones. This is a video of the high speed ferry before the explosion.
John Tracy Casco Bay Lines Ferry Captain, dives into icy Portland, Maine sea to save man who fell from a pier today.
A man who fell off a dock at the Maine State Pier in Portland on Wednesday was rescued by the captain of a Casco Bay Lines ferry, who dove off a dock into icy Portland Harbor to drag the man to safety.
John Tracy, who has worked for Casco Bay Lines for 29 years, said he and several other employees heard someone crying out for help around 2:45 p.m. near the Maine State Pier, which is next to the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal.
Today, four ferry companies have been licensed for cruises to Cuba. Baja Ferries, Havana Ferry Partners,United Caribbean Lines and Airline Brokers Co.
Baja Ferries is ready to start regular trips to Cuba with two ferries already being used in the Caribbean. California Star and La Paz Star are both already offering sailings into the Caribbean to Mazatlán, Mexico and Topolobampo, Mexico, both of which are located in the Gulf Of California.
The California Star has only first class tickets. The ferry cruise ship has a restaurant with buffet, a cafeteria, a nightclub bar, convenience store with everyday items and a boutique with souvenirs, as well as cabins. California Star offers both standard and handicap access cabins.
In addition, pets in cages are allowed on the ferry, within compliance of the laws of Mexico.
Patrick Plummer, 63, was a passenger aboard the The Texas Department of Transportation ferry John W. Johnson on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 0730 hours as the ferry made an early morning run from Galveston, Texas to Bolivar. Plummer, suddenly jumped overboard as the ferry was midway in the crossing at the Galveston Ship Channel.
The John W. Johnson turned around to search for Plummer and the United States Coast Guard searched with rescue boats and a helicopter as well. The Galveston Ship Channel was closed between buoys 14 and 18 while crews searched. The ferry resumed operations at 1100 hours.
Mediterranean terrorist attacks on #cruise ships, Greece, Egypt, one in Asia, killed 128. The Mediterranean is an easy terrorist target for cruise ships, as history shows.
WG&A Superferry 14 February 27, 2004
Deadliest Terrorist Attack At Sea, Terrorists Bomb Destroys Ship, 116 Dead. The passenger ship Superferry 14 owned by WG&A was destroyed by a terrorist’s bomb on February 7, 2004 near Manilla killing 116 people. It was the Philippines’ worst terrorist attack, the world’s deadliest terrorist attack at sea. Read More
City of Poros on July 12, 1988
On July 12, 1988, Merchant Marine Minister Evangelos Yiannopoulos said the Cycladic Cruises’ cruise ship, City of Poros, carrying 400 passengers and 71 crew members aboard, was stormed by Palestinian gunmen, who killed nine tourists. Two more later died from their injuries, for a total number of 11 dead.
The passenger ship was returning from a daily island cruise in the Aegean Sea. Three gunmen had boarded City Of Poros along with other passengers at Aegina, Greece. They waiting on the ship until it was several miles from shore and then attacked around 8:30 pm that evening. Read More
Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985
Leon Klinghoffer, 69, from New Jersey, born September 24, 1916, was on a cruise aboard Star Lauro’s Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985 with his wife Marilyn when the vessel was seized by terrorists at sea near Egypt. The terrorists took control of the cruise ship in the Mediterranean off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt.
Hijackers, four armed Palestinian terrorists boarded the vessel and took the ship passengers and crew as hostages. The operation was mastermind by Mohammed Abul Abbas.
The next day, Tuesday, October 8, when the terrorists were refused permission to dock at Tartus, the hijackers shot disabled cruise ship passenger Leon Klinghoffer, in the forehead and the chest. Leon was wheelchair bound, Read More
Nova Star Cruise male crew member, 52, died aboard the Portland, Maine-Nova Scotia, Canada ROPAX cruise ferry ship.
Mark Amundsen, president and CEO of Nova Star Cruises, said in a written statement that he would not disclose any more details out of respect for the crewman’s family.
Nova Star Cruises spokesperson Dennis Bailey says the ship has a very experienced and well-trained crew who are certified and trained for any foreseeable incident.
“Nova Star is fully compliant with all requirements for aboard medical equipment and training. We have many first aide responders and the ship’s medical officers have are highly trained standard having the expertise to enable them to diagnose medical problems and provide medical care to the sick and injured while they remain on board.”