Tourists Head For Australia After Liner Hits Uncharted Reef

Monday, May 01, 2000
Ninety-nine U.S., German and British tourists were to be flown to Australia on Monday, after their tropical Solomon Islands adventure holiday was cut short when an uncharted reef holed their Antarctic icebreaker.

The tourists were cruising some of the most remote islands in the Solomons group, best known as the site of one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific theatre of World War Two, when their cruise ship the MV World Discoverer hit the reef.

Society Expeditions, which runs the Liberian-registered World Discoverer as a cruise ship out of Seattle, said the ship's captain decided to beach the vessel after it began taking on water late Sunday afternoon.

The double-hulled ship was carrying 99 passengers and 93 crew when it struck the reef in a narrow channel known as Sandfly Passage. It was beached on Ngella Island about 20 nautical miles north of the Solomons capital of Honiara. No injuries were reported.

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Cruise Ship Trends

Silversea Cruises Plans New Flagship

Cruise operator Silversea Cruises has unveiled its new flagship, the Silver Muse, which will begin sailing the seas in April 2017.    Built by Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri,

Silversea Cruises Orders Luxury Ship from Fincantieri

Shipbuilder Fincantieri has received an order to build a new luxury cruise ship for client Silversea Cruises due for delivery in April 2017.    At 40,700 grt and accommodating 596 guests,

Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0751 sec (13 req/sec)