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Royal Caribbean kept the damage to Navigator of the Seas pretty quiet. She allegedly lost a stabiliser in bad weather which damaged her hull and she was taking in water.
RCL reported 'mechanical problems' when she made an unscheduled visit to Vigo, Spain this month. Crew members reported a 'Code Bravo' alert and a section if the ship closed down. It took 2 hours to contain the damage and stop the ingress of water.
Passengers reported seeing crew members in life jackets around the ship. Unconfirmed reports said that the emergency procedures worked well and there was no disruption to passengers. The vessel was cleared to sail from Vigo to Southampton after repairs in that port. She will undertake repairs in the USA.
 

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On a need to know basis, bet they informed Flag, Class, Port State, P&I and H&M. No need to inform Passengers, or Guests. The buggers would only want refunds and free drink.
 

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Passengers were advised about 10 days beforehand.....friends of ours are on vessel at moment and they were told via booking agent. They were also advised that in view of the weather in the North the calls to Boston and more northerly ports would be rescheduled and that they would be landed in Miami and have calls in the South instead.

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Passengers were advised about 10 days beforehand.....friends of ours are on vessel at moment and they were told via booking agent. They were also advised that in view of the weather in the North the calls to Boston and more northerly ports would be rescheduled and that they would be landed in Miami and have calls in the South instead.

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10 days before?
It happened on Oct 30th en route Southampton to Gran Canaria at 0300 hours. Returned to Southampton 6th November.
How could agents known 10 days in advance? Call in Vigo, Spain was emergency and unscheduled.
 

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Agree not 10 days at all...they advised us on the Thursday (1st) that they had been told of change of plans and were offered chance of cancellation or a big discount if they stayed with ship.

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Sent them a message and apparently found out via FB before agents!

"Came home to find our ship, which had stabiliser problems on the current cruise, will not be going to New York, Boston, or Orlando. They say it’s because of predicted bad weather in the North Atlantic and the fact that one of the stabilisers is not working properly.
We are going to Zeebrugge, overnighting in Le Havre, Gran Canaria then to Miami to disembark instead"

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In #1 the line, "She allegedly lost a stabiliser in bad weather which damaged her hull and she was taking in water", led me to believe some part of one of the stabiliser fins actually became detached and on the way to the ocean floor hit the hull and tore a hole in it. A total Superintendents reaction, believe the worst until evidence of the contrary is received.
It now looks that the fin just stopped working, hydraulic or control problem? Little to see here, keep sailing by. Abandon, "Abandon Ship".
 

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Well, it wouldn't work particularly well if fallen off from waterlogged compartment.

You as 'proper' superintendent would assume clumsy navigator had rubbed it off against some misplaced geology. I, as a specialist, would have suspected the plumbers couldn't find the right switch.
 

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Nice to get the adjective of being Proper stapled to ones calling but truth be known I regarded myself as a very average superintendent. But even I know if you loose a stabiliser fin its difficult to blame the 4 to 8.
Electrical Supers are a valuable and necessary member of the team and really should get above the 1960's dc mindset, digital electronics rule.
 

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In 1974 on the Royal Viking Star we were having intermittent problems with the stabilisers so the manufacturers (Sperry Rand I think) sent an engineer out to Los Angeles and he sailed with us to Papeete about 7 days (nice work if you can get it) and he discovered that on long cruises for the last day or so we were only doing around 10 or 12 knots and that was to slow for the stablilisers to work efficiently and the gyros were being over worked and that led to the occasional problem.

There is a photo of the stabiliser HERE or in the link below.........

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gall...title/royal-viking-star-2c-stabiliser/cat/515

Cheers Frank
 

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Well, it wouldn't work particularly well if fallen off from waterlogged compartment.

You as 'proper' superintendent would assume clumsy navigator had rubbed it off against some misplaced geology. I, as a specialist, would have suspected the plumbers couldn't find the right switch.
I really must expedite my application to join the Ancient & Antediluvian Company of Morse Tappers & Shunt Field Winders. (Not an incorporated body, despite most members fully meeting institution admission criteria).

Once ensconced therein, I shall surely and swiftly rise to a position of high office from which I will indefensibly disparage those fellows who might have unheeded my own sensibilities in earlier times!
 

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I imagine a lot of us on SN qualify for admission to an institution. But not the sort where the inmates get to run it.
 

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Indeed , I was only referring to the Institution of Electrical Engineers and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers with whom the Institute of Marine Engineers S T share an address in Birdcage Walk.
Aren't semantics wonderful.
 

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Indeed. We can't do without the immigrants.

(The IEE is no more I think. It is, much like IMarEST trying to put all into its catchment as the Institution of Engineering and Technology).
 
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