March 19, 2010
Coastal cruise ship gets Haiti mission
After being in lay up since 2002, one of two 224 passenger coastal cruise ships built for the ill-fated American Classic Voyages by Atlantic Marine, has been chartered to provide accommodations for World Food Program (WFP) staff engaged in relief efforts in Haiti.
To prepare the ship, now called the Sea Voyager, for this mission Lloyd's Register accepted it into class following two weeks of sea trials in Jacksonville, Florida on the St. Johns River.
Lloyd's Register North America, Inc. surveyors worked closely with the management company, International Shipping Partners, and the U.S. Coast Guard to verify the vessel was in compliance with all necessary rules and regulations before its departure for Haiti.
A proven track record with International Shipping Partners made Lloyd's Register North America, Inc. the first choice when Sea Voyager needed to be brought out of layup in a short timeframe. "We have found Lloyd's Register to be the most efficient and organized option for classing passenger ships, and we have a very close relationship with the Passenger Ship Support Center in Miami," says Kenneth Engstrom, Executive Vice President at International Shipping Partners. "The Lloyd's Register North America, Inc. surveyor in Jacksonville worked well with the Coast Guard representative to cover their respective areas of responsibility."
The work to prepare Sea Voyager for this assignment supports Lloyd's Register North America, Inc's efforts to uphold the safety of life, wherever and however it can.
"Conducting the sea trials quickly and thoroughly required everyone involved to work together and stay focused on the main goal: to get a safe and compliant ship to Haiti as soon as possible," says John Hicks, Manager of the Passenger Ship Support Center, Miami. "Through mutual respect and teamwork, we were able to achieve our goal and send a much-needed resource to the WFP workers in Haiti."
Sea Voyager has previously been named Clipper Voyager, Cape May Light and Coastal Queen I.
It has the following dimensions:
Length overall (loa): 286.3 ft
Breadth (molded): 50 ft
Draft upper-deck: 20.0 ft
Draft (maximum): 13.5 ft
Gross tonnage: 4,954 itc
Net tonnage: 1.486 itc
Air draft: 96.5 ft
The Sea Voyager, then the Cape May Light, was built at a cost of $37.95 million with the help of Title XI guarantees and was taken into Marad's possession (along with its sister, the $38.5 million Cape Cod Light) after American Classic defaulted on its loans without ever making a payment on the principal.
The ships were sold, for $9 million apiece, in 2008 to two Florida companies, Voyager Owner LLC bought the Cape May Light, and Discover Owner LLC bought the Cape Cod Light.