The captain of a river cruise ship involved in a deadly accident on the Danube River in Budapest last week was previously involved in a boat collision in the Netherlands in April, prosecutors in Hungary said on Friday. (nytimes.com)
Speculation and accusations continued to swirl on Friday following a collision on the Danube between a Hungarian sightseeing boat and a river cruise vessel from Norwegian-owned Viking Cruises. The arrest of Viking Cruises’ captain raised more questions, as the search went on for 28 people on the sightseeing boat who are missing and presumed drowned. (newsinenglish.no)
Local authorities are investigating an evening accident that occurred May 29 on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, as rescue efforts continue for passengers of a sightseeing boat that sunk after colliding with a cruise ship. (cruisecritic.com)
Viking announced an expansion of its Egypt program for the 2020 season, which will include the launch of a new ship. Inspired by the design of the award-winning Viking Longships and built specifically for the Nile River, Viking Osiris is currently under construction and will double the company’s owned capacity in Egypt when it debuts in September 2020.
Fort Madison officials are considering construction of a new Mississippi River dock, to serve as a river cruise stop. Now they are looking to build a dock that will allow Viking Cruise Lines to make Fort Madison a stop when the company begins its Mississippi River Cruise schedule. (radioiowa.com)
On April 8, Viking and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide cruise offerings for the Chinese cruise market.
A Viking Cruises ship and a petroleum tanker collided near the Netherlands on Monday, the NBC affiliate 9News reported. Five people from the Viking ship reportedly suffered minor injuries from the collision. No one on the petroleum tanker was injured, according to the 9News report. Both ships were reportedly damaged in the collision. (businessinsider.com)
Last night, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) granted the company a permit to sail on a single voyage to Kristiansund to have necessary repairs made. Throughout the night, the NMA has worked together with the ship’s classification society, Lloyd’s, and the company in order to identify the reason why the Viking Sky suffered power “blackout” at Hustadvika in challenging weather conditions on Saturday 23 March.
A Norwegian cruise ship firm has been accused of “recklessly” putting passengers at risk by setting sail despite storm warnings, forcing an evacuation. Police and other agencies launched an investigation today into why the Viking Sky was taken out into notoriously perilous waters during bad weather. (telegraph.co.uk)
The Viking Sky is safely in Molde, Norway, as the ship arrived on Sunday afternoon. Following an engine failure on Saturday in rough weather, the ship issued a mayday call. Some 460 passengers were evacuated by helicopter from the vessel following an engine failure. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Three engines are propelling the Viking Sky toward the port of Molde in Norway at a speed of around four knots, according to local reports, along with two tugboats that are on the scene to assist the vessel. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sky is evacuating 1,300 passengers and crew this afternoon off the west coast (Møre og Romsdal) of Norway, according to Norwegian news sources. The ship has allegedly lost propulsion power and dropped anchor in storm conditions with strong wind and waves running eight to nine meters (24 to 27 feet). (cruiseindustrynews.com)