FireBlast on Norway


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The AP is reporting two crewmen are dead in an explosion and fire in the Norway's engine room.

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This can't be good for such an old ship. I wonder if this will affect what NCL does with the Independence and the United States.
 
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Terrorism? I would consider the chances of that to be so slender as to be not worth mentioning. If nothing else, the nutjob du jour would have taken "credit" for it by now. This hasn't happened.

From what I've been able to gather thus far, it sounds like an engineering casualty of some kind. During my Navy career, mainspace fires were a serious enough concern where we tended to drill for that at least as frequently as we drilled for combat.

MSNBC has a story of their own on this which can be found at HERE.
 
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She was in port, in Miami when the fire happened. While four deaths are four too many, it was rather sobering to note on the same international news page an item on President Arroyo's latest demands of the enquiry into Sunday's ferry accident. It might not have been a ro-ro ferry this time, but the usual overloading and incomplete/inaccurate passenger manifest is in evidence. Looks like the death toll of that one will rise. To think only the other week all the SARS related el cheapo cruise offers were looking oh-so-attractive...
 
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The CargoLaw website had a short piece on the Norway today, indicating that the problem was a "super-heated" steamline that burst. This at least is rather more credible then some of what I've seen in the press. A burst steam line in a high pressure steam plant is a well known and proven killer.
 
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Anyone interested in following this upay find it worthwhile to keep an eye on the National Transportation Safety Board website in the hopes that something will eventually be posted there. The homepage is at http://www.ntsb.gov/

I was poking around and caught the announcement of a seventh death among those who were injured. I hope it's the last one. The news was on the Martime Matters ShipNews section. According to the story, nine others remain hospitalized. NCL is said to be co-operating fully with the NTSB and the Coast Gaurd in the investigation.
 
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I cruised on the Norway in 1988 and 1989. Since then I have taken 9 other cruises through 4 various ship lines.

In comparison to the other cruise ships the Norway seemed more like a SHIP. The other ships left me feeling as though I were on a floating hotel.
 
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I was scheduled to be on that cruise on May 25. I had just sailed her this past March, and was getting ready for my sixth trip. We flew into Miami the day before, and got to the pier around 11:30 a.m. We were given flyers with the information on it, and were pretty much in shock! The whole thing was very sad, and I heard recently that an eighth crew member died. She was tugged to Europe (Britain?) a couple of weeks ago for repairs, and is supposed to sail again on Oct. 5, although I doubt that will happen. The "Blue Lady" is a hands-down favorite among many former passengers, and I'd love to sail on her at least once more. Audrey Hepburn sailed on her when she was the S.S. France, and I imagine myself sitting in the International Lounge, twirling a cigarette holder looking, and looking out to sea with large brown almond eyes! And then I wake up and look in the mirror....
 
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Latest news on the Norway
The Norway has now arrived in Germany under tow after a 23 day crossing of the Atlantic following a crippling explosion that destroyed a boiler in Miami, last May.
There was hope that the Norway would soon return as a cruise ship but the owners Norwegian Cruise Lines have postponed their decision on this until at least next spring.
In the meantime the ship will be laid up in the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremenhaven while a final decision is made on her future.
A spokesman stated that the time frame for a replacement boiler is estimated to be between seven to 12 months.
Other suggestions are either converting to diesel electric propulsion or even scrapping the ship.
Cheers

Brian J. Ticehurst - Southampton UK.
 
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Mary S. Lynn

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Thanks for the update, Brian. We long-time Norway fans hope she can be salvaged rather than scrapped. I heard through a contact at NCL that the emphasis is on repairing at this point, as she has been a good money-maker for them, and has a very large past-passenger following - including me. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
 
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http://www.bremerhavenpilot.de/galerie12.html

Here's a link for the Norway at Lloyd Werft. My knowledge of German left me when I was about eight, so the pictures will have to do. I've also been hearing, that if repaired, she may do Asian gambling cruises, as was originally planned a couple of years ago. I'd sure like at least one more cruise on this steamer!
 
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Thanks Mary for those pictures. Seeing some of the decks brought back memories for me. The Norway was the first ship I cruised on.

Barbara
 
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Hi, Barbara. Glad you enjoyed the pictures! I also took my first cruise on the Norway back in the 80's, and she is my favorite ship. It would be terribly sad if an original steamer were to be put out of service. Thanks very much for your reply!
 

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Last I knew she was still sitting at Bremerhaven. I don't know but I would wager that scrapping her is almost out of the question. Having her retire from service is another story all together.
 
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From The North Country Gazette:

4½ Years Later–No NTSB Report On S/S Norway
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MIAMI–At approximately 6:48 a.m., on May 25, 2003, Memorial Day weekend, a boiler exploded aboard the 50-year-old Bahamian cruise ship, S/S Norway, docked in the port of Miami-Dade, waiting to disembark.

About 20 tons of water was released which rapidly expanded into saturated steam. The expanding water vapor breached the crew living areas on two decks, displacing bulkheads and blowing doors and their frames out. As a result of this accident, eight crewmembers died and another 17 crewmembers sustained serious and minor injuries.

There were 2,135 passengers on board and 911 crewmembers. All passengers were evacuated safely.

During the three weeks after the accident, an additional four crewmembers died from injuries. Nearly 50 fire-rescue units from Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and Miami Beach responded to the explosion in the boiler room.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched a Go-Team to investigate. Robert Ford, who was to later head the investigative team for the October, 2005 capsizing of the Ethan Allen tour boat on Lake George in the Adirondacks, was the investigator-in-charge of the Norway probe. NTSB chairperson Ellen Engleman Conners accompanied the team.
For the rest of this somewhat lengthy story, go to http://www.northcountrygazette.org/news/2007/11/18/norway_ntsb_report/

Comment: Even though this is an old thread, this one appeared to be the most appropriate to call attention to this story. Even given that these investigations can take a long time, four and a half years is something of a stretch.​
 
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