cruise ship with dead engines drifting in a storm in the bay of villefranche

samuel j
12th January 2008, 20:20
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=MejG9WJLSRM

Bearsie
13th January 2008, 00:21
The smoke out the stack is from the coffee maker?
I always thought these new fangled ships had diesel electric drive with multiple engines?

samuel j
13th January 2008, 00:32
so did i but no prop wash for quite a while but looks as though action on port side toward end which gives him some steerage.
Was surprised that tug was hanging off to windward.. would have thought stand off leeside would have been best place in such conditions and space/lee shore. Tugs here always once cast off and escorting out always seem to stay and best spot for an emergency push....

ddraigmor
13th January 2008, 00:37
John,

He got there smartish in the end but with that floating block of flats humping down on you in a restricted space he wisely got to windward again! Seems he was a bit late though.....

Jonty

Mike S
13th January 2008, 02:15
The tugs bow was not designed for pushing.......so that was not an option. He of course could and would do if it was the only option left to him.
Thankfully the anchors held.
Hairy..........very hairy.

Bearsie
13th January 2008, 03:32
The tugs bow was not designed for pushing.......so that was not an option. He of course could and would do if it was the only option left to him.
Thankfully the anchors held.
Hairy..........very hairy.


Pulling comes to mind...

Bearsie
13th January 2008, 03:33
John,

He got there smartish in the end but with that floating block of flats humping down on you in a restricted space he wisely got to windward again! Seems he was a bit late though.....

Jonty

I am wondering if with any wind at all if that tug could even pull that oversized appartment block?

Mike S
13th January 2008, 09:08
The end of the clip shows the tug connecting up and towing the vessel seaward.
That was my point....the tug is designed for towing over the stern only.

fred henderson
13th January 2008, 15:42
The smoke out the stack is from the coffee maker?
I always thought these new fangled ships had diesel electric drive with multiple engines?

Island Star is almost 18 years old and was built before diesel-electric power station systems became standard in cruise ships. She has a father and son power plant with a 9 cylinder and a 6 cylinder MAN-B&W engine coupled through a gearbox to each of her twin shafts. In theory either or both of the engines can be coupled at any time. I have no idea what went wrong here, but the smoke could be from her generators or from the crew's efforts to start the main engines.
Island Star is a small cruise ship by current standards; a mere 46,811 grt. She was built as Horizon for Celebrity and has spent most of her life on the New York - Bermuda run.

Fred(Thumb)

Bearsie
15th January 2008, 02:01
Hi Fred.
Thanks for the info, sounds like a neat set up.
Alas in my mind 18 years is as good as new :)