Did low oil pressure cause the Viking Sky to nearly sink? The Norwegian Maratime Authority (NWA) has issued their findings on why the 2-year old, 749-foot Viking Sky cruise ship lost all diesel engine power on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The engine oil pressure got too low due to up to 26-foot seas on the rocky southern Norway coast. Only anchors hastily deployed saved the 1,379 people onboard from abandoning a sinking ship hundreds of meters from the rocks. 479 people were airlifted off the boat.
1,373 lives were in the balance on the 749-foot cruise ship Viking Sky. After losing all its engines on March 23, 2019, signalling a “Mayday” distress call, and anchoring off a lee shore in 6-to-8-meter waves and gale force conditions, several engines were working on March 24, 2019. The Viking Sky launched in 2017.
The MV Hagland Captain a 300-foot cargo ship had to be abandoned by all 9 crew due to engine failure. The rescue of the Hagland Captain crew by helicopter delayed the air lift of the guests of the MV Viking Sky.
Over half of its 915 passengers were air lifted by CHC Helicopters and the Southern Norway rescue services (Hovedrningssentralen) on March 23 ,to March 24. MV Viking Sky arrived in Molde, Norway at 16:30, on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Quoted tweets by PhD Meteorologist Ryan Maue @RyanMaue on twitter:
“The ship sailed in worst possible area of ‘bomb cyclone’ storm …
Hurricane force winds + Maximum wave height of 60-80 feet.”
“There was some question about the update frequency of the Captain’s hurricane tracking information from a private provider.
Anyways, we are still having 19th Century marine mishaps 20 years into the 20th Century”.
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Before losing its engines near Hustadvika, Norway, the 749-foot long, 47,800 gross ton cruise ship was on a 12-day cruise from Bergen, Norway to Tilbury on the River Thames in England.
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