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Flashback in maritime History: Sea Diamond sinking at Santorini 5 April 2007
( www.MaritimeCyprus.com ) The cruise ship, owned by Louis Hellenic Cruises, sank on April 5 2007 after ramming a reef near the Aegean island of Santorini with 1,195 passengers and 391 crew on board. All onboard were safely evacuated except a French man, Jean Christophe Allain (age 45) and his daughter Maud (age 16), who were never found.
Between 1992 and 2002, the ship's exterior was used to portray the fictional ship MS Freja in the Swedish TV soap opera Rederiet.
As built, she had a small car deck, with space for 80 passenger cars and a rampon the port side in the rear. Like most cr uiseferries in the Baltic Sea, she was built to ice class 1A.
In 1999 she was extensively refitted at Lloyd Werft in Germany at a cost of approximately US$26 million. The fore superstructure was extended and streamlined and 62 new passenger cabins were added, including a new deck of cabins above the bridge. In October 2004, when the new MS Birka Paradise was delivered, the Birka Princess started making two-night cruises from Stockholm to Turku, Helsinki and Tallinn, as well one weekly 24-hour cruise from Stockholm to Mariehamn. The new itineraries proved largely unsuccessful, and on January 2, 2006, the ship was laid up in Mariehamn and put up for sale.
In February 2006 she was sold to the Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines for US$35 million (€29.4 million). As built, the ship only had an indoor pool in the sauna section on deck 2 in the bow of the ship. A new outdoor swimming pool was installed and the sundeck area increased at Turku Repair Yard, Naantali. She entered service in the Mediterranean Sea as the second former Birka Line ship in the Louis Cruise Lines fleet, after MS Princesa Marissa , the former MS Prinsessan / Finnhansa . After the sale she was registered in Valletta, Malta. She changed flags in late 2006. At the time of her sinking she was owned by Elona Maritime Ltd, a company based in Malta, but registered at Piraeus, Greece.
Two French citizens, Jean Christophe Allain, aged 45, and his daughter Maud, 16, were listed as missing. Allain's wife said her cabin filled with water when the ship struck rocks and that she narrowly escaped. She was not sure whether her husband and daughter made it out because the events happened so suddenly. Her son was on deck at the time and was evacuated safely. The family were accommodated in cabin 2014 an outside standard cabin on the starboard side of the vessel on deck 2, the lowest passenger deck.
Divers examined the wreck on April 6 to gather information on the ship's current position and to seek the missing passengers. The underwater search of this cabin recovered nothing. Divers continued searching on April 10, but nothing was reported. Later in the same day, local governors apologized to the French family for their missing relatives. The black box containing the recordings of the conversations before the crash was discovered on April 15, while the bodies of the two missing persons were never found.
On April 7, Greek authorities announced that they were charging the captain and five other officers with negligence. State television reported they were charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment. Additional charges could be made depending on the fate of the two missing passengers. All six were released until further notice but if convicted they could face a five-year prison sentence.
On April 13, 2007, it was reported that investigators using a remotely controlled submarine found the ship's data recorder (VDR). In a struggle to protect the data, they secured it in a special sterilized bin and the authorities were to have transferred it to the United States in order to reveal the saved data, an action that only the manufacturer of the VDR can perform. The Greek Merchant Marine Ministry said the recorder could reveal details of the sinking of the ship which could be used in the prosecution of crew members.
DNV, one of the world's leading classification agencies, stated in their press release that "At the time of the accident, DNV had issued class certificate, safety management certificate and ship security certificate. Sea Diamond had no overdue surveys and no condition of class". For the Sea Diamond to have been issued a Class certificate, her water-tight doors would have to have been fully operational.
Investigations carried out by the defence team of the Master of the Vessel and Louis Cruise Lines, after a lawsuit had been filed against them, have included a new hydrographic survey of the area of the accident in Santorini. This survey was carried out by Akti Engineering, and discovered discrepancies between the actual mapping of the sea area and the official charts used by the Sea Diamond (and all other vessels) at the time of the accident. The detailed survey claimed that the reef, which the Sea Diamond struck, is in fact lying at 131 meters (429 feet) from shore and not at a distance of 57 meters (187 feet) as is incorrectly marked on the nautical chart. The official chart also shows the depth of the water at the area of impact varying from 18–22 meters, whilst the recent survey shows that it is only 5 meters.
The findings obtained by Akti Engineering have since been passed on to the Hellenic Hydrographic Office of the Hellenic Navy and other responsible authorities, with the aim that the necessary changes to maritime charts should be made and similar accidents to be prevented. According to a branch reviewing source, the Hellenic Hydrographic Office initially rejected the new mapping, but a later study confirmed the findings of Akti.
A Greek scuba diver gathering evidence for a judicial investigation of the Sea Diamond shipwreck died in October 2007 from decompression sickness after ascending too quickly.
In order to avoid an oil spill, plans were made to recover some 450 tonnes (496 short tons) of fuel from the ship's tanks. As of September 20, 2007, fuel had started to leak into other parts of the ship, but not yet into the surrounding environment. In June, 2009, the fuel was pumped off the wreck. On May 14, 2007, it was announced that Louis Cruise Lines had bought M/S Silja Opera (renaming it M/S Cristal ) to replace the Sea Diamond .
On June 19, 2007, the owners, operator and captain of the Sea Diamond cruise ship were fined €1.17 million for causing marine pollution.
On August 21, 2007, a lawsuit was filed in United States federal court on behalf of the passengers who were aboard the ship when she sank.
After six years in the courts, the Sea Diamond captain and an insurance company employee were given 12 and 8 years jail sentences, respectively. The Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia (now defunct) speculated no actual jail time would be served.
The Piraeus appeals court ruled the captain of the Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines vessel, which ran aground near the island’s Athinios port, the first mate and the head of operations ashore were all guilty of negligence. Capt. Yiannis Marinos, 38 at the time, was handed a five-year jail sentence, which he can buy out for €5 a day, some €9,125 ($12,400) in total. At the initial trial he had received a sentence of 12 years and two months. The head of operations was given a three-year term suspended for three years, and the first mate a 26-month suspended sentence. However, five others, including two representatives of the cruise company, were cleared of any wrongdoing.
After the sinking there was much demand from the residents of Santorini for the wreck be raised and removed. Further questions were posed but never answered as to why the ship was moved to deeper water to be allowed to sink in the first place. In May 2011, the Greek government claimed that removing the Sea Diamond would be "too costly" and said that the 150-million-euro cost of raising the ship should be the responsibility of the insurers and company that owned the ship. The latter two have no plans to raise the ship, however, and nothing will be resolved.
In October 2017 the Merchant Marine Ministry of Greece announced the wreck will be raised, out of environmental and navigational concerns.
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Cruise Ship Sinks Near Greece; 2 Missing
April 6, 2007 / 12:32 PM EDT / CBS/AP
A Mediterranean cruise ship that struck a volcanic reef and forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists sank on Friday, 15 hours after it began taking on water off the coast of the Greek island of Santorini. A Frenchman and his daughter were missing, officials said.
The death throes of the Sea Diamond were broadcast around the world Friday morning, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips .
Passengers on Thursday climbed down rope ladders to coast guard boats below in a three-hour rescue that involved Greece's military, commercial ships and the island's local fishermen. About 700 of the 1200 passengers on the five-day cruise were American, many of them students. There were also groups from Canada and Spain.
Authorities said two French passengers — a 45-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter — had still not been accounted for, and lists of rescued passengers were being rechecked.
Tourism Minister Fanny Palli Petralia said she had spoken with the missing passenger's wife.
"The lady said her cabin filled with water when the ship struck rocks and that she narrowly escaped," Petralia said. "She was not sure whether her husband and daughter made it out because things happened so suddenly ... in a few seconds. Her other child was up on deck and was evacuated safely."
Those rescued said most people remained calm though there were some tense moments.
The Sea Diamond struck rocks in the sea-filled crater formed by a volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago. But the waters are well-charted, reports Phillips .
Tourists gathered on clifftop towns and villages to watch the rescue.
"We realized there was a serious problem ... We exited our cabin and it was tough to be able to walk out of the ship. A lot of people were very emotional over it, upset, very frightened," said Stephen Johnson, a Canadian passenger.
An Australian passenger, Katie Sumner, said the early stages of the rescue were chaotic.
"We heard a big shudder and then the whole boat started to tilt," Sumner said.
"All of our glasses were sliding everywhere and our warning that the ship was sinking was some of the staff running down the corridor screaming out 'life jackets' and banging on doors, so we got no time to, sort of, get ready or anything, we just left as we were."
The 469-foot Sea Diamond was operated by Louis Cruise Lines, part of a Cyprus-based tourism group. The Merchant Marine Ministry said 1,195 passengers and 391 crew members were on board.
"Whoever is responsible for this will be held accountable in the strictest way," Petralia said. "Greece is a major tourism destination and incidents like this must not be allowed to occur. ... Authorities handled the rescue very well."
Most of the rescued passengers arrived at Athens' main port of Piraeus Friday on a chartered ferry and a Louis cruise ship.
Authorities on Santorini said they were working to contain a small oil spillage from the sunken ship.
The Sea Diamond's captain and three officers were being interviewed Friday by coast guard investigators who flew to Santorini.
More than 300 rescued passengers arrived at Athens' main port of Piraeus early Friday on a chartered ferry, and more were due to arrive later in the day on another Louis cruise ship.
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The 11-hour anguished search for survivors of the shipwreck in Greece: ‘Ship sinking. We’re asking you to come to the rescue’
In the early hours of the morning of june 14, the captain of an oil tanker received a call to help save the trawler that sank 30 miles off the coast of greece. the sea had swallowed everything up. navigational data show contradictions in greece’s official account of events.
It was a clear, windless dawn, and the sea was as smooth as glass. The Rekon , a 122-meter Maltese-flagged tanker, was going about its route to the port of Haifa in Israel. Then the radio announced a distress call: “Ship sinking. Large number of people. Vessels in the vicinity are asked to proceed with search and rescue operations.” The officer immediately alerted the captain. It was June 14 at 2:12 a.m. local Greek time.
Captain Sait Bektasoglu, a 63-year-old Turk with four decades of experience at sea, ran to the bridge. “We changed our course immediately to the wreck site, we adjusted our radars for sensitivity, and I mobilized the crew,” he recalls. His account of 11 hours of fruitless searching is harrowing and rich in heretofore unknown details.
It took the Rekon an hour and 15 minutes to reach the coordinates it received, an area some 50 miles off the Greek coast. When it arrived, the luxury yacht Mayan Queen IV and two other cargo ships were already searching the water for survivors. The tanker then slowed down, turned on its search lights and its crew of 14 sailors began scanning the vast stretch of black water with binoculars. They didn’t see or hear anything. “It was as if nothing had happened,” recalls the captain. “There were no life jackets, no floats, no trace of oil, no trash, no floating material from the ship, nothing,” he recounts.
The Adriana , a ramshackle fishing boat of about 25 meters, had set sail for Italy with some 750 occupants on board. Women and children were crammed into the hold and many of the men were on deck. They were Syrian and Afghan refugees, Egyptians, Pakistanis and Palestinians. The Greek authorities had been aware of the ship’s presence since 11 a.m. on June 13 and, in addition to keeping it under surveillance, ordered two ships in the area to deliver food and water to those onboard. They never activated a rescue operation, despite the conditions in which the ship was sailing, not even when the ship’s engine broke down at 1:40 a.m. Between 2:04 a.m. and 2:19 a.m., the old metal fishing trawler jolted violently and then disappeared right before the eyes of the Greek coastguard. It is still not clear what happened, but the sea swallowed everything up.
Greece’s official version of events claims that the castaways refused any help and continued on their way to Italy. But navigation data contradicts that assertion. The coordinates of the distress call place the trawler just over a mile from its location at 7.30 p.m. when a first vessel approached it to supply it with food. In other words, in the seven hours between the delivery of supplies and when it sank, the Adriana was not approaching Italy as the Greek authorities claim ; the ship made practically no progress and moved just over a mile away towards its presumed destination.
While Bektasoglu was scanning the sea from the deck, between 3:00 and 4:00, a Greek patrol boat arrived and took command of the operation. The radio continued to instruct nearby vessels to approach the area. One passenger cruise ship, the Celebrity Beyond , “asked if it could lower its rescue boat and join the search, but was told no,” Bektasoglu explains. “There were already too many ships searching without detecting anything,” the captain theorizes. As many as eight large ships participated in the search for survivors. EL PAÍS unsuccessfully tried to contact them all.
The radio was constantly broadcasting messages to all the ships involved in the rescue. The Mayan Queen IV , a luxury yacht owned by a multimillionaire Mexican family, reported that it had already pulled a hundred or so castaways out of the water alive. “I don’t know how it sank at a depth of 4,500 meters, but I am sure that if this superyacht had not been there, the freighters could not have rescued more than two people each. The survivors were lucky to come across a ship that could rescue them and reunite over 100 people. A superyacht is much better equipped than the coast guard boats,” Bektasoglu explains.
“I couldn’t stand it,” Bektasoglu recounts. “I suggested that [the Turkish bulk carrier] ask the cruiser for help, but he was ordered to wait. [The Rusander ] kept asking for medical assistance for more than an hour, and again I recommended that he approach the cruiser for help. They ignored me in both Turkish and English,” the veteran sailor maintains.
The helicopter finally appeared as dawn was breaking. “It picked up the living and the lifeless bodies that were transferred to the Greek ship,” Bektasoglu explains. A new Greek patrol boat joined the operation. In all, 81 bodies were recovered.
The veteran captain, who had gone 11 hours without rescuing anyone, eating or sleeping, began to lose hope. “We did not experience a chaotic situation because there was nothing to be seen, there was no dramatic scene. The water was still like a mirror and after a few hours we lost morale,” he explains.
At 7:00 a.m. he asked for permission to continue his trip but was denied. A half an hour later, a military frigate arrived, took over command and gave the ships new coordinates to continue the search. “They sent me to two different places, I increased speed, arrived and searched,” he recounts. Again, the search was unsuccessful. Over the radio, he heard a freighter being ordered to “raise your boat, pick up the body and bring it to the Greek ship.” Other ships also used their lifeboats, while two helicopters flew overhead, he says.
The Turkish captain appreciates the measures the Greeks deployed, even though they only activated the search and rescue operation when the trawler was already sinking. “For several hours they deployed a plane, a patrol boat, two coast guard frigates, a rescue ship, three helicopters and a navy frigate; it’s a great effort,” he says.
At 8:30 a.m., Bektasoglu tried to leave again. He was in a hurry because he had to unload 5,200 tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether (a liquid that increases fuel efficiency) in Israel and then arrive in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, by June 20. He was not cleared to leave the operation until 11:45. As he left, he heard other ships being radioed to join the search. “I was tired, went to the bridge at 2.20 and couldn’t stop for lunch until after 12:00 the next day. I spent 11 hours on the search,” he recalls.
The captain learned what happened next from the press. He is frustrated that he didn’t find anyone to save. He also curses the human traffickers “who do business this way” and “buried” hundreds of people at a depth of 4,500 meters. He muses that “in a few centuries, when they find these bodies, they will serve as evidence for historians.”
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It took 15 hours, but eventually the cruise ship Sea Diamond , which had struck rocks just off the coast off the popular Greek holiday island of Santorini on Thursday afternoon, sank beneath the Mediterranean just after 7 a.m. on Friday morning. The long lag time allowed plenty of time for the 1,600 people on board to evacuate as the Greek-flagged ship began listing to starboard. On Friday morning, however, a 45-year-old French man and his 16-year-old daughter were still missing.
"These are very tragic circumstances," Greek Tourism Minister Fanny Palli Petralia, who had talked to the French tourist's wife, told AP. "The lady said her cabin filled with water when the ship struck rocks and that she narrowly escaped She was not sure whether her husband and daughter made it out because things happened so suddenly. Her other child was up on deck and was evacuated safely."
The cruise ship, carrying vacationers largely from the US, Canada and Spain, had made stops at the Greek islands of Rhodes and Mykonos before steaming into the Santorini lagoon. Just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, the 143 meter (469 foot) cruise ship hit submerged rocks and began taking on water.
"A lot of us were taking pictures from when we were coming into Santorini. All of a sudden there was this big jolt," Catherine Small, a 17-year-old high school student from North Carolina, told AP. "The ship was really far tilted. It was actually kind of freaking us out. Scary."
The three hour rescue effort went off without a snag with passengers waiting patiently on deck to be transferred to waiting ships. A dozen ships, six navy helicopters, two military transport planes and four warships were involved in the evacuation. Indeed, the removal of the 1,195 passengers and 391 crew was so efficient that the Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis was patting himself on the back on Thursday. "No one had as much as a nose bleed," he said.
But on Friday, the two French passengers were reported missing. The lists of passengers was being rechecked to determine what may have become of the two. Many of the evacuated passengers had already been transferred to the main Athens port of Piraeus by Friday morning on a chartered ferry.
What Caused the Cruise Ship to Sink in Santorini?
By Michael Ferguson
The cruise ship that sunk in Santorini has been a source of mystery and speculation in the years since the accident occurred. The exact cause of the sinking has never been officially determined, but there are several theories that have been suggested.
The most commonly accepted theory is that the ship struck an underwater rock or reef while sailing too close to shore. Santorini is known for its rocky coastline, and it’s possible that the captain was not aware of the presence of a large rock or reef just below the surface. The impact of hitting this large obstacle could have caused significant damage to the ship, causing it to rapidly take on water and sink.
Another theory suggests that the ship experienced mechanical failure due to an issue with its engines or other machinery. This could have caused a loss of power, allowing water to enter into the hull and eventually leading to sinking.
A third potential explanation is that human error played a role in causing the accident. It’s possible that either inadequate maintenance or improper operation led to some kind of malfunction which eventually caused the ship to take on water and sink.
While the exact cause of why this cruise ship sank in Santorini remains unknown, it is likely that either a collision with an underwater rock or reef, mechanical failure, or human error were responsible for this tragedy.
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Two missing after cruise ship sinks in Santorini
What was initially thought to have been a successful evacuation effort, was found to be unsuccessful as two French passengers have been reported missing off of Sea Diamond on Friday. The cruise ship, Sea Diamond had struck rocks off the coast of Santorini on Thursday afternoon, and had sunk into the Mediterranean by 7 a.m. on Friday morning. Due to the 15 hour delay, the 1,600 people on the board were able to evacuate the ship as it continually began listing to starboard. Friday morning it was revealed that two French passengers are missing, one of them is a 45 year old French man, and the other is his 16 year old daughter. Rescue efforts to locate the two missing passengers are still on. Fanny Palli Petralia, Greek Tourism Minister met the missing tourist's wife, and remarked that, "These are very tragic circumstances". The lady reported that as soon as the ship struck the rocks, her cabin began filling with water, at which time she immediately got out. She could not confirm whether her husband and daughter made it out of the cabin, while her other child was already on the deck and was rescued safely. The cruise ship mainly consisted of tourists from Canada, USA and Spain and had already made stops at the islands of Rhodes and Mykonos, and was streaming into the Santorini lagoon when the incident occurred. A little before 4 p.m. on Thursday evening, the 469 foot cruise ship unfortunately hit submerged rocks and soon after, began taking in water. Catherine Small, a 17 year old recalled the incident, "We were taking pictures as we were coming into Santorini. All of a sudden there was a big jolt. The ship then really tilted far. It was kind of freaking us out. Scary". As the passengers waited patiently on the deck, the three hour rescue effort went off without a hitch and all passengers were transferred onto waiting ships. Apart from a dozen ships, four warships, six navy helicopters and two military transport planes were involved in the operation. The entire operation involving the removal of 1,195 passengers as well as 391 crew members went off so smoothly that Manolis Kerfaloyiannis, Merchant Marine Minister proudly remarked, "Not one had as much as a nose bleed". But as reports of two missing French passengers came to light on Friday, the scene seems to have dimmed a little. The list of passengers is being rechecked to find out what might have happened to the two missing tourists. Most of the evacuated passengers have been transferred to Piraeus, main port of Athens by chartered ferry, on Friday morning itself.
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Greek Cruise Ship Sinks Off Santorini
SANTORINI, Greece – A Greek cruise ship sank off the holiday island of Santorini on Friday, after the vessel struck rocks and nearly 1,600 people on board had to be rescued.
The Sea Diamond sank shortly before 7 a.m. (0400GMT), 15 hours after the accident occurred and the ship began listing and taking on water.
Authorities said two French passengers — a 45 year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter — had still not been accounted for, and lists of rescued passengers were being rechecked.
No one was injured in Thursday's dramatic three-hour rescue effort, which involved Greece's military, commercial ships and the island's local fishermen.
Passengers on the cruise were mostly American, and also included groups from Canada and Spain.
The 469-foot Sea Diamond was operated by Louis Cruise Lines , part of a Cyprus-based tourism group.
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Why did cruise ship sank in Santorini?
The cruise ship, named Sea Diamond and owned by Louis Hellenic Cruises, sank on April 5, 2007, after ramming a reef near the Aegean island of Santorini. There were 1,195 passengers and 391 crew members on board when it sank.
What caused the sinking of the cruise ship in Greece?
Coast guard experts believe that the boat may have sunk due to running out of fuel or suffering engine trouble. The movement of passengers inside the vessel might have caused it to list and ultimately capsize.
What was the name of the cruise ship that sank in Santorini in 2006?
The cruise ship that sank in Santorini in 2006 was called MV Sea Diamond. It was operated by Louis Hellenic Cruise Lines and was built in 1984 by Valmet, Finland for Birka Line as MV Birka Princess.
How long did it take for the Sea Diamond to sink?
The ship ran aground near the Greek island of Santorini on April 5, 2007, and sank the next day, leaving two passengers missing and presumed dead.
Has a modern cruise ship ever sunk?
Yes, a modern cruise ship called Costa Concordia sank on January 13, 2012. It was the first ship of Costa Cruises’ Concordia Class and was built in 2006. The ship departed on a 7-night Mediterranean cruise with 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members onboard.
Which Italian cruise ship sank?
The Italian cruise ship that sank is called Costa Concordia. On January 13, 2012, it deviated from its planned route at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, sailed closer to the island, and struck a rock formation on the sea floor.
What happened to the captain of the Italian cruise ship that sank?
The captain of the Italian cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for manslaughter. He was in charge of the Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012, when the ship attempted a sail-by salute past Giglio and resulted in the disaster.
What was the worst cruise ship disaster?
The sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 is considered the worst and most infamous cruise ship disaster in history. The ship collided with an iceberg and resulted in the death of over 1,500 people out of the 2,208 people onboard.
What was the biggest cruise ship that sank?
The biggest cruise ship that sank was the RMS Titanic. It was the largest passenger ship of its time and entered service in 1912. Sadly, it sank on its first voyage from Southampton to New York, resulting in a tragic loss of life.
What happened to the passengers and crew of the Sea Diamond when it sank?
When the Sea Diamond sank off Santorini, there were 1,195 passengers and 391 crew members on board. Two passengers went missing and were presumed dead. The rest of the passengers and crew were rescued.
How did Santorini sink?
The sinking of Santorini is believed to have been caused by the eruption of the volcano during the 2nd millennium B.C. The western part of the island sank, and it is also claimed that the Minoan civilization was completely destroyed due to tidal waves caused by the eruption.
What caused the Sea Diamond to sink?
The Sea Diamond struck a volcanic reef off the uninhabited island of Nea Kameni, resulting in water entering the ship. This caused the ship to list and eventually sink.
Why does Santorini have an Italian name?
Santorini got its name from the Venetians in the 13th century after an old cathedral of Saint Irene. The ancient Greeks called it ‘Strogili,’ which means ’round’ due to its shape before the volcanic eruption.
Why can’t you flush paper in Santorini?
In Santorini, the sewage system is not designed to handle flushing toilet paper. The pipes are too thin, and throwing paper into the toilet can cause clogs. It is common to find warnings in most toilets regarding the ban on flushing toilet paper.
What made Santorini famous?
Santorini is famous for its natural beauty and attractions. It is known for its beautiful sunset and the volcano that formed the island. The massive volcanic eruption thousands of years ago shaped the island and gave it its current geomorphology.
What ship sank with 750 people?
On June 14, 2023, a fishing boat named Adriana sank in the Mediterranean, carrying 750 people. The tragedy resulted in over 600 deaths.
Where did the Italian ship sink?
The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Giglio Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It struck a rock formation on the sea floor after deviating from its planned route in January 2012.
How many cruise ships have sunk?
Over the past 100 years, there have been 24 reported cases of full-size cruise ships sinking. Some sinkings occurred during towing for repairs or on the way to a scrapping yard, while others happened when the ships were operating as warships.
What was the name of the cargo ship that sank off Lesbos?
The cargo ship that sank off the Greek island of Lesbos in stormy seas was called Raptor. It was on its way to Istanbul from Alexandria, Egypt, carrying 6,000 tons of salt.
Which cargo ships collided in the North Sea?
The Isle of Man-flagged Verity and the Bahamian-flagged Polesie collided in the North Sea near Germany’s Heligoland islands on October 24, 2023. The Verity sank, resulting in one person killed and four others missing.
Are planes safer than cruise ships?
While both planes and cruise ships are generally safe modes of transportation, statistics show that the odds of dying on a cruise ship are much lower than in a car crash. The chances of experiencing a fatal incident on a cruise ship are extremely rare.
Have cruise ships been attacked by pirates?
There have been reports of pirates attempting to attack cruise ships, but no successful pirate attacks have occurred. Cruise ships are well-prepared for the possibility of pirate attacks and have security measures in place to deter such incidents.
How safe is a cruise ship?
Recent statistics indicate that the odds of dying on a cruise ship are extremely low, with a rate of just 1 in 6.25 million. In comparison, the odds of dying in a car crash are approximately 1 in 103. Cruise ships prioritize safety and have protocols in place to ensure the well-being of passengers and crew.
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Nine Convicted Over 2007 Sea Diamond Sinking
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Sea Diamond against the rocks in Santorini.
A Greek court has convicted nine of a total thirteen defendants on trial for their role in the fatal 2007 sinking of the Sea Diamond cruise ship off the coast of Santorini.
The Piraeus court imposed suspended sentences Wednesday ranging from six months to just over 12 years, and acquitted another four defendants, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The strictest sentence -12 years and two months and an â‚¬8,000 fine- was handed to the ship’s captain for causing an accident, negligence that led to manslaughter, and marine pollution, the AP report says .
The Sea Diamond, owned by Louis Hellenic Cruises, ran aground along the coast of Santorini on April 5, 2007 with nearly 1,200 passengers and 400 crew. Following an evacuation of everyone onboard, the ship was towed offshore and sank on April 6. It was later reported that two French passengers went missing and were presumed dead.
Also sentenced were a DNV employee (8 years), the navigation officer (two years and 10 months), the chief engineer (two years and four months), the company’s legal representative (two years), an inspector/auditor (15 months) and a security officer (six months and a â‚¬600 fine), according to Greece’s Enet English. The first engineer officer, chief officer, chief steward and the cabin manager were all acquitted, the report says .
No attempt has ever been made to raise the ship.
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‘Negligence’ sank cruise liner
The sinking of the Sea Diamond cruise liner, which was shipwrecked off the Cycladic island of Santorini in April 2007 after hitting a reef, was caused by negligence, according to the findings of a Merchant Marine Ministry investigative council announced yesterday. In its report, the Investigative Council for Accidents at Sea said the sinking of the vessel, owned by Louis Cruise Lines, was caused by the negligence of its captain, Ioannis Marinos, its first engineer, Emmanuel Patsos, and three employees of the ship’s operator, Core Marine Ltd. The council, made up of coast guard officers, said that as the Sea Diamond was approaching the harbor of Santorini, it sailed very close to the rocky shore «with serious and clear danger for its safety» and did not follow the course approved by the captain. Citing testimony given by the chief of the coast guard on the island, the report said the course followed by the cruise liner – prior to hitting a reef – had not been followed by any other vessel in the past. Louis Cruise Lines has firmly rejected any responsibility for the sinking, maintaining that the course followed by the Sea Diamond had been perfectly safe according to the official chart in use at the time. The company’s claims, originally rejected by the Hellenic Navy, were subsequently confirmed by a hydrographic survey conducted by the navy’s own Hydrographic Office. While the investigative council’s report notes that the map used by the captain did indeed contain errors, it also points out that the ship’s depth gauge was not working and therefore failed to alert the officers on the bridge of the shallower depth and impending danger.
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Traveler information, visit santorini on a cruise ship here’s everything you need to know.
Are you planning to visit Santorini on a cruise ship?
It’s going to be fun!
Just make sure you know everything about traveling and getting around on a cruise ship in Santorini for a pleasant experience. Traveling on a huge cruise ship can be great but it also means that you probably have a limited time for exploring the island – and if you don’t have any idea of what to do and what to avoid, you can get confused.
Here’s the ultimate travel guide to make sure your trip to Santorini on a cruise ship is the best and smoothest trip ever!
Important Things to Know
- Santorini has two ports ; Athinios Port and the Old Port of Fira. Both the ports are too small for the cruise ships to be docked directly. Hence, you’ll have to rely on a ship’s tender to reach the ports.
- Generally, the cruise ship itineraries in Santorini drop some passengers off at Athinios and the others at the Old Port of Fira. Passengers who arrive at Athinios Port are supposed to book a bus tour via the cruise ship company. These tours are usually packed with many people and hence, we don’t recommend them.
- If you don’t book a bus tour via the cruise ship company, you’ll be dropped off at the Old Port of Fira.
- All cruise ships depart from the Old Port. Even the passengers who have booked the bus tour via their cruise ship company have to reach the Old Port to take the ship tender to get on the cruise ship.
How to Get to Fira from Old Port or Vice Versa
The easiest and most common way to reach the Old Port is by a cable car . It takes only three minutes. On the other hand, if you’re feeling adventurous and decide to walk to the port, it’ll be 587 steps. Local donkey ride is another easy way to get there.
Important note: Please note that Gialos, the Old Port is nestled at the foot of a rocky cliff below Fira. If you decide to go by a cable car or on a donkey, you’ll have to pay 6€ per side of the ride.
Where is the Meeting Point if You Book a Private Tour?
For private bus tours, the meeting point is at the top of the cable car. Once you reach the Old Port of Fira, you’ll have to take a cable car to go to the top. Depending on your tour organizer, you may find a guide waiting for you on the top with a sign that has your name or the company name on it.
For private cruise tours, the meeting point could be either at the top of the cable car or Old Port. If it’s the latter, the cruise will start there. Otherwise, you’ll have to meet the tour guide at the top of the cable car who’ll pick you up and drop you at the start port of the private cruise.
Typically, a private cruise in Santorini starts from Ammoudi Port or Vlychada Port while the drop off may be the Old Port of Fira. It’s best to book a cruise and request the organizer to arrange either the meeting point or the drop off location at the Old Port. This will allow you to witness the breathtaking views of Santorini from Caldera while helping you save some precious time by eliminating the need for arranging transportation.
An ideal itinerary is: Old Port > cable car > port of the private cruise by a shuttle > private cruise experience > drop off at Old Port on yacht OR Pickup from Old port on a yacht > private cruise experience > Fira via shuttle service > Old Port via cable car > cruise ship on a ship tender Get in touch with us to find out about the availability of a private cruise that has its meeting point or drop-off at the Old Port.
Will You Have Time to Enjoy a Boat Tour if You Visit Santorini on a Cruise Ship?
A simple answer to this question is that it depends on the time you’re going to spend in Santorini.
If you decide to book a volcano tour that is supposed to depart from the Old Port, the arrival time of your cruise ship must be at least an hour before the departure time of the tour. Moreover, the departure time of the cruise ship must be an hour after the end time of the tour. For example, if the tour starts at 11:00 AM and finishes at 14:00, your cruise ship must arrive at 10:00 AM and depart from Santorini at 15:00.
On the other hand, if you book a catamaran cruise or a private yacht cruise, the departure port will be Ammoudi or Vlychada Port. In this case, your cruise ship must arrive at least a couple of hours before the cruise tour starts because usually, the pickup is on the nearest road just a few meters away from the cable car. You’ll need approximately one hour to reach there and another hour to reach the port through the shuttle service. The time to depart, however, should be 2.5 hours after the tour ends. This is because you’ll need an hour to reach the cable car from the port and chances are that you’ll find a long queue of passengers waiting for the cable car. You might have to wait for half an hour or so before you get a seat. Please note that the last ship’s tender departs an hour before the cruise ship’s departure time.
Recommended : It’s always best to book a private cruise in Santorini for a smooth, hassle-free experience. You can contact us and tell us about your specific requirements. We’ll be more than happy to adjust the start and end time of the private cruise tour and even change the departure port for you! Get in touch with us today to ensure a pleasant private cruise tour in Santorini.
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It is best for cruise ship passengers to book a private bus tour for seeing the top sights in Santorini. Not only will it help you save money but also your time.
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'Things flying all over the place': Royal Caribbean cruise ship rocked by rough weather
A Royal Caribbean International cruise ship was rocked by rough weather that shook guest cabins and caused flooding around the ship, according to travelers on board.
The line’s Voyager of the Seas was on its way back to Galveston, Texas, as part of a round-trip, five-night sailing that visited Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise originally departed on Jan. 22.
Passengers told USA TODAY the ship sailed through three bouts of rough weather that brought rain, hail and high winds beginning late in the day on Friday.
Chelsea Ireland and her husband noticed the ship was approaching dark skies and rain around 2:30 p.m. The pair decided to stay in their balcony cabin, which seemed the safest place to be but felt the ship tilt heavily to one side.
“When we tried to walk across our room, it felt like we were walking up a very steep hill,” said the 30-year-old, who lives in Frisco, Texas. “And that lasted for about five minutes.”
When they eventually left their cabin, they saw some passengers walking around in lifejackets, and praying and comforting one another in the halls.
Elaina Escobedo, 21, was around the ship’s Royal Promenade when she heard what sounded like metal dishware hitting the ground. When she and her boyfriend arrived at her grandparents’ cabin, among several family members traveling with her, she found her grandmother’s wheelchair had rolled across the room and cups of lemonade and water had spilled (her grandmother was safe on her couch).
“There were just things flying all over the place,” said Escobedo, who lives in Port Arthur, Texas. She had been on eight cruises before and felt ships rock “but nothing to this extent.” Escobedo also posted a video on TikTok that her sister filmed, showing a chair being blown across an outer deck.
Both Ireland and Escobedo said their staterooms flooded as water filled their balconies, as well, though neither were as severe as some other staterooms they saw.
Royal Caribbean did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
The news comes after another Royal Caribbean ship, Serenade of the Seas, also faced flooding last month. The vessel, which is currently operating the line’s nine-month Ultimate World Cruise , got caught in rough weather off the coast of South America.
For Escobedo’s part, the experience wasn’t enough to prevent her from taking another cruise – eventually. “I don’t think it’d be anytime soon,” she said.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected] .
'ShipRocked' Cruise Hits Pier In Jamaica During High Winds
According to Cruise Hive and posts in the Cruise Critic community, a number of guests on the ShipRocked rock cruise were temporarily left behind after the Carnival Magic ship impacted and significantly damaged the pier while docking in Ocho Rios, Jamaica earlier today (Tuesday, February 6).
Carnival Magic was not originally intended to visit Ocho Rios today, but ended up in port a day earlier than initially planned due to weather-related itinerary changes.
The incident reportedly occurred when strong winds drove the vessel into the dock, causing extensive damage to the concrete structure.
Because some guests were onshore enjoying Ocho Rios at the time, it was necessary for the ship to temporarily leave them behind and move away from the damaged dock.
The ship's master, Captain La Farina , alerted the guests to the situation, as crew members were called to muster stations to respond to the emergency.
"Earlier, due to strong winds, the ship made contact with the pier, impacting a small area of the vessel," the notification read. "These wind conditions are making it unsafe for us to remain docked. So, for safety reasons, it was necessary for us to sail out to sea.
"We are now in contact with our local partners and our Fleet Operations Center and are working through plans to get our guests who are ashore back on board as soon as possible," La Farina said.
Around 4:30 p.m. PST, Rock Ambassadors Media shared an update on social media indicating that "passengers have begun to board the ship at the new dock location. Passengers expected to wait hours to board as bands begin to play on the ship."
Carnival has since released the following statement to Cruise Hive : "Carnival Magic was involved in an incident while in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday morning, Feb. 6 when strong winds and swells caused the pier fender to collapse under pressure, and the ship made contact with the pier. The ship was alongside at 8:10 a.m. and the incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. There were no injuries, and all the ship’s services remained operational.
"The ship left the area for the safety of everyone on board and later docked at another nearby pier so that guests who went ashore Tuesday morning could rejoin the ship," the statement continued. "The guests who were ashore at the time were taken care of by the Carnival team and shore excursion partners. Given the weather conditions in the region, Carnival Magic will remain in Ocho Rios on Tuesday night. Its visit to Grand Cayman is cancelled for Wednesday."
Carnival Magic is due back in Miami on Saturday morning.
The sold-out ShipRocked cruise is a popular sailing organized by Ask4 Entertainment . The 2024 edition features headlining performances by I PREVAIL , KILLSWITCH ENGAGE , BEARTOOTH , HIGHLY SUSPECT and BADFLOWER .
Damage on ShipRocked cruise ship after Carnival Magic slammed into Jamaica pier. pic.twitter.com/L4XVJvaGgz — Heavy Consequence (@heavyconsequenc) February 7, 2024
Not a so great day SHIPROCKED, weather troubles led to damage to the boat and us stuck on land from 11 am until just after 7. Legs are so tired from standing waiting but lets hope the rest of the trip is epic. Posted by Hetti Huls on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
ShipRocked Cruise update Posted by Nancy Oberinger on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
They’re back to pick everyone up. pic.twitter.com/cGd2EF6iPk — Ryan Proly (@ryanproly) February 6, 2024
SHIPROCKED Update: Passengers have begun to board the ship at the new dock location. Passengers expected to wait hours... Posted by Rock Ambassadors Media on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
SHIPROCKED Update: Passengers have received no water, food, or shelter to get out of the rain. Water and food were... Posted by Rock Ambassadors Media on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
To ShipRocked Cruise friends- Hang Tough- you’re in Jamaica. Watch your emails & ShipRocked Family Forum group for updates! #ShipRocked They had just a tiny scrape and extra time on shore today! Posted by Kelly Codner on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
OMG. Checkout shiprocked on Carnival MAGIC Cruise LOVERS right now. They ran into and destroyed part of the dock due the high winds. Cruising With Carnival. 📸 by Erick Matty. Posted by Carnival Cruise Line Miami Blog on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
SHIPROCKED cruise ship hits dock in Ocho Rios, Jamica creating a possible hole in the boat leaving passengers behind as they make repairs! @Triple D Photography reporting Posted by Rock Ambassadors Media on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
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The Interesting Way Cruise Ships Float Even Though They're So Heavy
T raveling the ocean aboard a cruise ship is a great time for contemplation, but something few may consider is how they stay afloat, which is an important question when they are getting bigger all of the time. The Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, for example, is the biggest cruise ship in the world and is due to set sail in January 2024. It is 365 meters long, with 20 decks, and weighs 250,800 gross tonnes. On top of all that, it houses the largest waterpark in the sea.
It is hard to believe that these floating cities stay upright, but it's actually just simple science that answers the question of how cruise ships float. The volume of liquid that they displace is the same as their mass so as they move through the ocean, the water tries to fill the space. This energy keeps it in motion. It is clearly a design that works, as it is uncommon for a cruise ship to sink.
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How Cruise Ships Avoid Sinking
In the 32 years between 1980 and 2012, only 16 cruise ships have sunk. It is more common for them to run aground, which has happened to 98 leisure liners from 1972 to 2011, an average of 2-3 per year. Cruise ships can also get stranded due to issues like engine problems, which is when passengers need to be rescued. These are some reasons why some people may never take a cruise . However, there are numerous safety protocols in place to prevent it.
As sea conditions are one of the biggest worries for cruise captains, they use dedicated weather-routing technologies to track them. This data updates regularly, so if there are big waves, a liner may dock or avoid a certain port to keep everyone aboard safe. Another essential design feature that keeps the ship upright is storing all the heavy machinery and water supplies in the bottom section of the boat. The top of the ship is built as openly as possible to let wind pass through without tipping it over. Nonetheless, despite all these safety features, cruise ships do sometimes sink.
How Cruise Ships Do Sink
Most people know of the famous Titanic sinking in 1912 when it famously hit an iceberg. Since then, vessels may have become safer, but certain things can still sink them. A recent cruise ship to sink was the Costa Concordia in 2012 after hitting rocks that pierced its hull. It killed 32 people, and the captain was found guilty of manslaughter. Before that, the MS Sea Diamond hit a reef in Santorini in 2007 and later sank. Despite a rescue mission, two people went missing, presumed to have drowned.
One of the worst cruise ship disasters of the 20th century was when the Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea. A technical problem with the bow visor lock meant that it let in water, and 852 people died when it went down. That said, it takes a lot to bring down a cruise ship, but when it lets in water, it can have horrendous consequences. Thankfully, most cruise liners depart and return daily without a hitch, so these accidents will hopefully become rarer as safety technology and procedures improve.
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