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  1. Sorry this is a fact. You may not have experienced this, but this is a fact. I am not working for NCL, but the Captain on the Norwegian Dream who was involved in the incident in the English Channel many years ago was let go after pressure from the P&I Club. The actual premium a company is paying to a P&Club is 2-fold. One is the overall cost for the P&I Club based on their members claims. If they have a lot of claims, everyone's premium will go up. The other factor which determines the premium or discount for the individual company is also based how well the company is doing. For a Cruise Line this covers a wide area. One example is how many lawsuits a Cruise Line have against them from passengers who may have claimed the company to be negligent, like a slip and fall incident on board. You were correct about the shaft on the Epic. Crew on the Epic has mentioned on social media that one of the shafts was locked on the way back to Florida.
  2. This is a little bit of a grey area. As an example the Captain may have followed all procedures in the SMS, checks completed etc. The Captain may still have the support from the leadership in the office. The challenge is when damages or losses are starting to go above 1 million dollars and the company wish to submit a claim to the P&I Club, the P&I Club may then ask for discipline. The P&I Club may tell the company that they will accept claim, but the shipping company must terminate the Captain due to their loss in confidence in the Captain. Over the years Captains have lost their job due to pressure from the P&I Club or their threat to withdraw the protection and indemnity insurance a company have for all of their ships.
  3. If the Epic had not received the final clearance to enter port, they would have to slow down or stop until this was cleared. If a ship has mechanical problems the Class will have to issue a separate certificate pertaining to the situation on board. This certificate will have to be submitted to the Captain of the Port (USCG). Once reviewed he/she will give the final clearance for the ship to enter port. Did not look like the Epic had to wait to long to before starting the transit inbound.
  4. Not my experience with the Coast Guard. I guess the webcam in Port Canaveral will be showing the Epic arriving this afternoon.
  5. I am sorry, I have all respect for every who has served and your background in the maritime industry . I do have some background from this business myself. In general no pilot ever actually docks a cruise ship. The only place where you have this is in New York where you have the option to board a docking pilot just before you reach the berth. Sometimes this docking pilot handles the control and dock the ship, sometimes he takes the ship towards the berth and the Captain/Staff Captain may take over the Con the last 10-50 meters before the ship reach the required position for docking. In San Juan the pilot never actually docks the ship or handles the controls. The handover is done shortly after passing the Coast Guard Station inbound for the berth.
  6. As per today's schedule in Port Canaveral there is a Carnival ship due to sail from Port Canaveral around 4pm, followed by a second ship. The Epic has probably been given a time slot to arrive and maybe why you have seen a higher speed earlier today. If they arrive around 3PM they will probably be told to wait until last cruise ship has departed. Coast Guard will probably require the Epic to have at least 2 tug boats as escort on the way to the berth.
  7. With all due respect to *cheng*. CBP does not give out Administrative Waivers without a challenge. NCL may have suffered a mechanical failure, but this was not an "Act of God" . Not every cruise line have had 100% success in arguing similar cases in the past. With all due respect to *cheng* at least 2 videos from the incident in San Juan clearly shows the Epic Bridge team failed to line up the the ship correctly for making the port turn into the basin where pier is. The Captain or Staff Captain would have taken the Con from the pilot a few minutes after passing the Coast Guard Station in San Juan. The person at the control would have to make a decision on how wide of a turn to make towards the pier. AIS providers showed Easterly Wind around 20 knots when the Epic docked, which would have been on the Starboard beam of the Epic as she turned to the north. Where the cruise ships dock in San Juan there are minimal currents if any.
  8. I do not think CBP will make any exceptions, they are bound by the regulations they enforce. The fine is per passenger, additional fines may be imposed for the ship itself. I know 9 years ago the fine for violation of the Jones Act was $425, fee was passed onto to me by the cruise line. I had to get off the ship after sailing from Miami the day before.
  9. Lots of speculations about Freeport. Simple reason for this, the ship must declare a foreign port otherwise they risk paying $400 + fee to CBP due to violation of Jones Act. All foreign cruise ships sailing out from US ports are sailing something called Closed Loop Cruise. The cruise must start and end in the same US Port. Puerto Rico is a US Territory, not considered a foreign port. The ship would have emailed the full passenger and crew manifest to the ship's agent in Freeport. He in turn will go to the custom office, get all paper work stamped, fees paid (yes, they will have to pay current port tax for all paying passengers onboard the ship). You will must likely see a small boat or tug meeting the ship outside Freeport, all the paperwork will be handed to the Chief Purser so they can clear the ship on arrival Port Canaveral.
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