Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MS Nautica

MS Nautica cruise ship, IMO 9200938, Livorno
“Nautica” was built in 2000 at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. She was the fifth ship in a series of eight identical cruise ships built for Renaissance Cruises and, in an amazing flight of fantasy, she was named “R Five”. In 2005 she was chartered to Oceania Cruises and renamed “Nautica”.

On 30 November 2008 the Nautica was sailing from Safaga, Egypt to Salah, Oman on the Maritime Safety Protection Area established in the Gulf of Aden due to persistent pirate attacks on the area, when at approximately 9:28 AM UTC+3 the ship encountered two Somalian pirate skiffs. Captain Jurica Brajcic ordered the ship to take evasive manoeuvres and to sail away at flank speed. The Nautica was able to outrun her attackers, although the ship was fired at eight times. None of the 684 passengers or 401 crew onboard were injured in the attack. Following the attack the Nautica proceeded normally to her next scheduled port of call. (MS Nautica, Wikipedia)

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External links: MS Nautica (Wikipedia)

14 comments:

Revrunner said...

Makes me wonder what Nautica's flank speed is. Must be pretty decent.

VP said...

Revrunner - 18 knots...

Barbara Farr said...

I cruised that ship when it was the R5. Very nice.

Linda said...

I have always been fascinated with ships but have never been on one! Beautiful photo!

Michelle said...

I would like to take a trip on a ship much like this.

cieldequimper said...

That must have been some cruise...

Cezar and Léia said...

wow huge and magnificent ship!
Léia

Dina said...

Oi veh! Imagine the ransom pirates could get if they go control of a whole cruise ship.
Amazing that the Nautica could outrun them.

Luis Gomez said...

A beauty!

Taken For Granted said...

Scary to be chased by pirates. Good that Nautica was able to out run them. It is a beautiful ship.

Gunn said...

I might be lucky to see her in Stavanger one day?
A bit of wind today?
Must be nice to be on holiday there.

Gunn said...

I might be lucky to see her in Stavanger one day?
A bit of wind today?
Must be nice to be on holiday there.

Gunn said...

I might be lucky to see her in Stavanger one day?
A bit of wind today?
Must be nice to be on holiday there.

Stefan Jansson said...

I'm guessing the passengers will remember that cruise.