Carnival Sunshine Heeling List Tilt Event Near Port Canaveral

Carnival Sunshine Listing Event Near Port Canaveral
Carnival Sunshine Listing Event Near Port Canaveral

electric podded azimuth thrusterCarnival Sunshine Heeling List Tilt Event Near Port Canaveral (see video below)  – On Sunday, October 25, 2018, Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Sunshine was only a few hours offshore from Port Canaveral when she had a heeling/listing event, which as scarey as it was for passengers, there were no reported injuries and it was a rather minor event compared to other recent cruise ship listings.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement,  “On Sunday evening, Carnival Sunshine experienced a technical issue which caused the ship to list. There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation. Following the incident, evening events resumed for our guests. Carnival Sunshine proceeded on its Caribbean cruise as scheduled. We are very sorry for the disruption this caused. The ship remains fully operational and will sail as scheduled. We remain confident of the safety of the ship as we are committed to the safety of our guests and crew.”

Undertstanding Cruise Ship Propulsion

Ship stabilizers are fins or rotors mounted beneath the waterline and emerging laterally from the hull to reduce a ship’s roll due to wind or waves. Active fins are controlled by a gyroscopic control system. When the gyroscope senses the ship roll, it changes the fins’ angle of attack to exert force to counteract the roll. During a malfuction, the ship may heel.Port Canaveral Florida

An Azipod is an electric podded azimuth thruster produced by ABB Group. Developed in Finland jointly by the shipbuilding company Masa-Yards and ABB, Azipod is a marine propulsion unit consisting of a fixed pitch propeller mounted on a steerable gondola (“pod”) which also contains the electric motor driving the propeller.

What is a ship heeling, tilt or list?  When a ship leans over to one side, from the action of waves or from the centrifugal force of a turn or under wind pressure , from the amount of exposed topsides, or stabilizer malfuntion, it is said to ‘heel’, also known as ’tilting’ or ‘listing’.

Recent Cruise Ship Heeling Events With Injuries

  1. On April 21, 2010, at least 60 passengers were injured aboard Carnival Ecstasy when the cruise ship listed severely.
  2. On July 30, 2008, about 42 passengers were injured aboard P & O Pacific Sun, when ship tilted during a storm.
  3. On July 18, 2006, 284 passengers were injured, 14 with serious injuries aboard Crown Princess when the cruise ship listed severely.

National Transportation Safety Board

The NTSB conducts investigations, or has them conducted, to determine the facts, conditions, and circumstances relating to an accident. The NTSB uses these results to determine one or more probable causes of an accident, and to issue safety recommendations to prevent or mitigate the effects of a similar accident. The NTSB is required to report on the facts and circumstances of accidents it investigates. The NTSB begins an investigation by monitoring the situation and assessing available facts to determine the appropriate investigative response. Following an initial assessment, the NTSB notifies persons and organizations it anticipates will be affected as to the extent of its expected investigative response.

The Office of Marine Safety (OMS) investigates major marine accidents on or under the navigable waters, internal waters, or the territorial sea of the United States and accidents involving U.S. flagged vessels worldwide to determine the probable cause and identify safety recommendations which will prevent similar events in the future. These responsibilities are specified in the Independent Safety Board Act and regulations promulgated jointly at 49 CFR Part 850 by the Board and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

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Video: Cruise ship tilts during trip