The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) on Monday (25 March) published an investigation update regarding the incidents of the cruise ship Viking Sky and cargo vessel Hagland Captain. On 23 March, Viking Sky lost power to engines in bad weather off the coast of Norway, while the Hagland Captain ran into mechanical issues while trying to reach Viking Sky:
The NMA has had two inspectors from our survey office in Kristiansund, as well as a representative from our Section for Passenger Vessels in Haugesund, onboard the vessel. Our team will carry out further inspections/follow-up tomorrow, then in cooperation with the Police and the marine department at the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN).
It is too soon to draw any conclusions on what may have caused the ship to lose its engine output outside Hustadvika Saturday afternoon. Nevertheless, it is a fact that there has been a blackout, and we yet not been able to determine the cause of this blackout. So far however, it has been established that when the incident had occurred, the competency and efforts of the crew played an important role in the fortunate outcome.
The ship has also been examined by a diver, to verify whether or not there was any damage below the waterline. No damage to the hull of the ship was discovered. When the diver was down, the inlets for cooling water were also inspected, to make sure that they were not clogged. The inlets have been confirmed by the diver to be open and seemingly in order.
For the NMA, it has also been important to show consideration for the extremely demanding situation that the crew has been in, and our inspectors therefore spent a considerable time onboard carrying out the inspections, so that the circumstances surrounding the inspection were good.
Tomorrow, we will continue the inspections together with the classification society. We will then thoroughly inspect the documentation, in order to also get a full overview of the damage to the ship that will need to be repaired.
We would also like to point out that the cooperation with the crew onboard the ship has been outstanding. They facilitated a good and constructive review of the situation onboard the vessel today.
The cargo vessel “Hagland Captain” was towed to Averøy, where it arrived around 3 o’clock this afternoon. It will there be followed up and boarded by the classification society DNVGL tomorrow.
As far as the Norwegian Maritime Authority knows, the vessel has not touched ground, but this will be determined as part of the classification society’s follow up. The vessel is currently being unloaded.
Published: 26 March, 2019
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