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  1. Four tugs, two large SAR patrol vessels, one anti-pollution vessel and one taxiboat in attendance at Amorella this morning. Looks like they’re going to try and get her off.
  2. Looks like the bunkering and supply vessels that were attending to Galicia have now vacated the scene.
  3. Beautiful photo LHC. I think the Normandy Ferries vessel is Leopard.
  4. Really surprised at the idea that she could do Singapore to Algericas non-stop.
  5. Interesting. Clearly steering failure can’t have been the cause here, as the chart clearly shows the course change that was carried out once the decision to beach had been made.
  6. So, looks from the chart posted by Tony that she’s passed over an area charted at, what is it, 7.4m? (Difficult to read). Can’t imagine the actual depths around there will differ from the charted ones by much, but 7.4m sounds as if it ought to be clearable, although marginally. Maybe there was something slightly less deep than that on the more detailed charts. But crossing that area looks like it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.
  7. There’s generally not a handy beach in those parts, so looks like she has been deliberately run onto one of the rocky reefs. Presumably, she has now settled firmly onto those rocks as water ingress has weighed her down. Getting her off that is not going to be a simple job.
  8. This says that the grounding (or at least, the grounding where she is now) was intentional to stop her sinking. Also says that all passengers have been safely evacuated. https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2020/30965/vikings-ferry-amorella-grounded-avoid-sinking-pass/
  9. Oh dear. Thanks for reporting this Tony. Sounds potentially serious but hope the evacuation goes well. Won’t be easy to get the ship off the rocks, with no tide up there.
  10. Well, as usual in this forum, things are getting twisted and deliberately misrepresented. David originally informed us (correctly) that the eta on the AIS signal (upon leaving Quingdao) equated to 0400 BST. He later (today, after the original eta came and went) came up with a guess at 1500 today for the revised arrival time. I think it is patently obvious that this is what I was referring to when I (correctly) said “afternoon”. However, I have edited my post to clarify his 1500 time as it clearly has caused difficulty with comprehension. As it happens, even 1500 is now looking doubtfu
  11. Thanks Chris, well that settles it. There are now two passenger vessels showing on Marine Traffic, and Galicia must be the further away one of the two. (Or, indeed, neither of them). Yes, 10 hours would be pretty much the full-speed time, so it’ll probably take rather longer than that. I suspect the arrival could now be not until 0300 or 0400 tomorrow. (Maybe that was always the plan but they got the date wrong on the AIS eta! 🤣).
  12. Ah, ok, so she was around 250 miles away around 10pm or midnight last night then? In that case she could be the one that is now just over 100 miles away on Marine Traffic.
  13. 10 knots is probably somewhere near optimal for maximum fuel efficiency. Or maybe there is a new arrival time target that only requires 10 knots to be made. Has the ETA changed?
  14. Wow. Ok, not the 100 mile one then. If she’s still 250 miles out then it may even not be until tomorrow that she gets to Singapore.
  15. Marine Traffic is currently showing that there is a passenger vessel (picked up on the satellite AIS receivers and therefore not identified to non-subscription users of the site) heading towards Singapore on the line that Galicia would be on. This vessel looks like it is around 100 miles out. So if this vessel is, in fact, Galicia then David’s 1500 today estimate of arrival probably won’t be far out.
  16. I wonder what the weather’s been doing in the area? Over that distance, heavy seas could easily account for a 12-14 hour delay.
  17. A bit harsh to call David’s original 0400 a “guess”. It was interpretation of the AIS ETA data. There was a legitimate discussion over whether that data meant 0300 or 0400, but neither of those figures was a guess. With Galicia still unexpectedly out of AIS range, we are now into “guess” territory, which is fair enough. I am wondering whether there was another secret port call in between that we have not seen? Odd that she would not have come back into AIS range if so, unless it was so secret they turned the AIS off or the port was so remote that there were no Marine Traffic recei
  18. I was going to provocatively attempt to reconcile the recent bonhomie with the topic of the thread by suggesting that maybe she could pick up a year’s supply of triangular rolls for BF! But I cannot compete with Chef’s fortune cookies, which I have to say, take the...er....biscuit 🤣.
  19. I wonder whether Singapore is just a bunkering (etc) stop or whether she is picking up some cargo.
  20. It’s practically on the Equator, so there’s virtually no such thing as summer. Daylight savings doesn’t arise as an issue.
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