NORWAY Reaches Cape Town
June 26: SS NORWAY was observed in Cape Town today, her tug DE DA was refueling for the continuing voyage from Bremerhaven to Port Klang, Malaysia. Maritime Matters thanks Jan-Olav Storli Chief Officer Safety & SSO of CRYSTAL SYMPHONY for the update.
Star Cruises, parent of NCL, attempted to sell the ship to a Bangladeshi scrapper, but the governments of Bangladesh and India have both forbidden their shipbreakers from bringing her into the country. She has a great deal of asbestos on board, and the global environmental community has raised concerns that the necessary steps to protect the workers and the environment would not be taken.
As of right now she is still anchored off Port Klang. Not sure what the next step will be. Jacques Chirac recently ordered a French military ship with the same problem to be returned to France. We could only dream that they might have the same sense of responsibility about the Norway. Her hull has plenty of life left in it, and she deserves to be preserved in some form.
While the SS Norway deserves to be preserved in some form, who do you suggest should put up the money to do so? Governments have more important human demands on their treasuries. Corporations aren't going to do so unless the project expects to make a larger profit than investing their cash on something else. And we're talking about signifcant sums.
All things eventually reach an end of life, has the SS Norway reach its time?
My logical side of course knows that you are completely right, and then couple that with the fact that she has been modified so much that she doesn't really represent what she was. Returning her to her original state would be removing the accommodations that are most attractive by today's standards (all those on the higher decks with larger windows and balconies).
But there's still this pesky OTHER part that thinks someone should, just because how many more chances like her are we going to get? Nobody's going to want to visit the Carnival Triumph as a museum in 40 years.
Take it from a seasoned cruiser. No ship, and I repeat, no ship, including those tacky hull painted ships will never come close to the Norway's class. I will never sail NCL again because of their treatment of the Norway, and I have talked many people out of cruising them as well.
The Safety Board determined that the following factors contributed to the rupture of boiler No. 23 on the Norway:
*Lack of adherence to water chemistry composition limits and procedures by both the water chemistry subcontractors and NCL during wet lay-up periods, leading to pitting from oxygen corrosion.
*Failure to take number of boiler cycles into account during maintenance.
*Severe thermal transients from heating and cooling the boilers too quickly and from constraints created by frozen boiler support feet.
*Use of questionable weld repair procedures.
*Lack of appropriate nondestructive testing by the BV surveyors and NCL inspectors to determine whether cracks were present.
*Inadequate survey guidance from BV to its surveyors.
*Failure to repair cracks into which copper had been inappropriately introduced.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the boiler rupture on the Norway was the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and inspection practices of Norwegian Cruise Line, which allowed material deterioration and fatigue cracking to weaken the boiler. Inadequate boiler surveys by Bureau Veritas contributed to the cause of the accident.
[quote jsully69]Take it from a seasoned cruiser. No ship, and I repeat, no ship, including those tacky hull painted ships will never come close to the Norway's class. I will never sail NCL again because of their treatment of the Norway, and I have talked many people out of cruising them as well.[/quote]
So you'd rather cruise Carnival? Yikes, that is a step backwards. Tacky hulls? You mean, unique paint schemes that sets each ship apart, which I think is brilliant and makes for better memories when you look at all of the pics that you take standing in front of a ship. I respect your comment regarding the "treatment of the Norway," but if that is the only reason you choose not to cruise NCL, you can't be that much of a seasoned cruiser. If they did something to you personally, that might be a better reason to switch lines. Because they are scrapping a ship because of the issues that they had with it, that is the companies business.
Dubai was to buy her in December 2007 to be a hotel, then they discovered asbestos so that deal was off. The hull is gone already as she sits rusting away in the shallow waters of India with a new name of BLUE LADY.
I am so sad over the loss of the NORWAY. I bought a piece of her from an on-line auction site and I now have the Viking Deck Direction sign hanging in my office along with the Safety Instruction card from Viking 108. The room that I had on my first cruise ever. When I look at it It makes me sad but yet happy.