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Old 01-29-2008, 05:32 AM
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Originally posted by MV Augustus:
Originally posted by Svein:
Originally posted by MV Augustus:

Mr. Kloster never thought that the SS Norway would be neglected throughout the years until the boiler room explosion. Probably regrets not doing a full engine conversion to diesel back in 1984 or 1985, like the QE2.

The NCL that he created would never had sent the SS Norway to the scrapyard. Nor would they had neglect the ship and its upkeep.

I know exactly how he feels. The NCL of today is not NCL. It's Star Cruises of America.
Hi John,

I have to strongly disagree with you regarding the maintenance and upkeep of the Norway during the years after Kloster left the company. During the 80's and 90's huge sums were spent on her, and with regards to her engineers and their skill they were top notch. Many of them had been on the Norway since she was taken over by NCL, and most of them knew her every single nut and bolt.

When it comes to the report after the boiler explosion I know it states some faults regarding maintenance and inspection of the boiler system. Well - it's always nice to be the one who writes the report after an accident - to be the one who in lieu of all events can easily point out what went wrong. That's the privilege of the report.

All I know is that the funding for the Norway during her entire time was never inadequate, and she had no more "down time" than any other cruise ship.

The Norway was indeed never neglected, and the ongoing and neverending maintenance was kept up to date all the way until she left Bremerhaven in 2005.

Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if you once worked at NCL? If so, how was the management team at that time prior to Star Cruises take over? With all due respect, a dedicated engineering/maintaince team can only maintain a 40 year boiler room units for so long without replacing or retubing them. Please don't disagree with my comments, as I am only stating my opinions.

I still stand by the notion that the SS Norway's remaining boilers should been replaced with disels all the way, in addition to the forward engineroom. Otherwise, prior to the accident, NCL should have sold the ship back in 2000 to another cruiseline. The accident could have been prevented. The journey to the scrapyard should have been prevented. As a result, I will never sail onboard a cruiseship for the rest of my life. My interest with the cruiseship industry dies with the SS Norway!

That's correct I was employed by NCL, my contract with them started just a few months after the Star Cruises takeover and for us who worked onboard there were only minor changes in the daily life.

You're probably right that it would have been a god idea to replace the whole propulsion system while they were at it back in 79/80, but that's of course based on what we know now, in 2008. In 1980 it must have seemed way too expensive to replace steamturbines with diesel, or diesel electric power.

Yes, this accident - along with 100dreds of other accidents - could indeed have been prevented, but sometimes it's very hard to predict what will happen. It's also very hard to predict the condition of a boiler that seems and operates fine.

Never sail on a cruiseship again?? Why?? Even if I cry over the loss of a ship that is very special to me, the cruising industry is getting more and more exciting every day.

SS Norway was special to me because of her history and because of the fact that I worked and lived onboard her for a long time. But in the end - if she's not able to sail the seas like she was mean't for, I rather cherish her memory than see her as some tacky floating hotel somewhere.

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