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Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral evades pirates

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 4 - 2009

balmoralFred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral took evasive action last night in the Gulf of Aden to avoid suspicious activity by two small boats, observed on radar to be closing at high speed. According to a company statement, passengers were assembled in ‘safe havens’ of the ship as part of a pre-planned safety procedure.

The company said ‘aggressive maneuvering’ was implemented and contact was made with the EU Coalition Task Force. The suspicious boats were detected at 7:45 p.m and by 8:45 p.m. an EU warship confirmed the area around Balmoral was clear and the piracy alert was called off at 9:23 p.m.
Fred. Olsen said Balmoral is proceeding on schedule to Salalah, Oman, for Thursday arrival.

Interestingly, the company has taken the Balmoral off its Web site ship position display.

The Balmoral, formerly the Norwegian Crown, has started off 2009 in dubious fashion. In early January the vessel had a norovirus outbreak and a few weeks later sailed through a force twelve gale storm in the Bay of Biscay off Northern Spain and France. Video showing the ship sailing in those rough seas became a YouTube sensation.

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One Response to “Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral evades pirates”

  1. Very interesting, it is good to see the americans are taking action against the pirates of somalia!

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