MS Deutschland

MS Deutschland
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MS Deutschland cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9141807, owned by Absolute Nevada LLC (an USA shipping company) and operated under 5-year charter by the Phoenix Reisen line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, ship grounding, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), Concord aircraft crash (Paris France), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Deutschland position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 22,400-ton 550-passenger Phoenix Reisen cruise ship Deutschland was built in 1998 by the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipbuilding company in Germany.

MS Deutschland accidents & incidents

MS Balmoral accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MS Deutschland CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Phoenix Reisen ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on Phoenix Reisen Deutschland cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • During most of its service history, the Deutschland cruise ship was owned and operated by the Peter Deilmann Cruises line (1998-2015). After the shipowner’s bankruptcy in 2015, the vessel became a property of the German investment company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. Following another insolvency proceedings, in March 2015 the vessel was sold to its current owner – the US company Absolute Nevada LLC (major shareholder is Donald Hoffman). This company also owns the small cruise ship Americana (formerly named Yorktown).
  • Under the new ownership, in May 2015 the Deutschland ship’s flag state (registry) was changed from Germany (Neustadt in Holstein) to Bahamas (Nassau). Under the new flag, the ship was chartered for 10 months to Semester at Sea (an US-based abroad study program) operating under the name “MV World Odyssey”.
  • From June 20 to August 10, 2015, Deutschland offered round-trip cruises leaving from Germany (Kiel and Hamburg) being under charter by PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten. The summer itineraries visited ports in Northern Europe exclusively (Norway, Greenland, Faroe and British islands).
  • From 1999 to 2015, the ship was used for filming the series of the ZDF’s TV show “Das Traumschiff” (translated as “The Dream Ship”). The show is similar to the ABC’s TV series “The Love Boat” (1977-1987). Debuting in 1981, all series feature a cruise ship traveling around the world, and is among the Germany’s most-watched TV shows.
  • In 2012, the vessel was used as a hospitality ship for the DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, German Olympic Committee) during the 2012 Summer Olympics (aka London 2012).
  • January 15, 2012, while operating in South America, the ship experienced a run aground incident. It occurred while transiting the Beagle Channel (Tierra del Fuego Archipelago). No injuries were reported.

Fire accident

  • May 23, 2010, at ~12:30 pm, while docked in call port Eidfjord Norway, the ship experienced an engine room fire accident. All the 364 cruise passengers and most of the 243 crew were evacuated. The fire was quickly contained and permanently cleaned by 5 pm. The accident occurred in the end of a Norwegian Fjords itinerary with next scheduled port Hamburg. However, the cruise was officially cancelled and all passengers flown to Hamburg. The cruise ship was towed by a tugboat to Hamburg for repairs at the Blohm + Voss shipyard, where it remained docked for 30 days. Fire damages were estimated at Euro 2 million, and paid by the ship’s insurance. The incident also resulted in 3 scheduled sailings being canceled. The vessel entered service on July 3, 2010, restarting its itinerary program from Hamburg.

Concorde plane crash accident

  • July 25, 2000, a jet airliner Concorde F-BTSC was chartered by the Peter Deilmann cruise line for a Transatlantic crossing. The aircraft carried booked on MS Deutschland cruise passengers from Paris to New York (Charles de Gaulle Airport to JFK International Airport). This charter (known as “Air France Flight 4590”) ended tragically. On takeoff, the aircraft crashed into a hotel building near the airport, killing all its 100 passengers (96 of German origin, 2 from Denmark, 1 Austrian, 1 American) and the 9 crew (1 German, 8 French), plus 4 people on the ground.
  • Some 5 min before the Concorde plane, an McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jet airliner took off from the same runway, bound for Newark NJ. The operated by Continental Airlines DC-10 lost a titanium alloy wear strip (part of its engine 3’s cowl door). The metal piece had dimensions: length 43,5 cm / 17″, width 3,4 cm / 1,3″ and thickness 1,4 mm / 0,6″. During the Concorde plane’s takeoff, this metal debris was run over, cutting and rupturing one of the tyres (on wheel 2). A large piece of tyre debris (weight 4,5 kg / 10 pounds) hit the aircraft’s left wing underside at speed of ~500 kph / 310 mph. The strike sent out a shock wave that ruptured fuel tank No 5 (located inside the wing). The leaking fuel was ignited through contact with the engine’s hot parts. At the ignition point, engines 1 and 2 surged and lost all power. Engine 1 recovered in few seconds, but was shut down by the Flight Engineer when a large flame developed. The fire was noticed by a traffic controller before the plane was airborne, but with only 2 km of runway left and speed of ~330 kph / 200 mph, the only plausible option was to take off. To abort safely, the plane would’ve needed at least 3 km / 2 ml of runway ahead.
  • The Concorde continued the takeoff with the remaining 3 engines. The lowered power output, plus the failed to retract landing gear (an open bay door) prevented the aircraft to gain enough speed. Unable to accelerate, it maintained a speed of 370 kph / 230 mph at altitude 60 m / 200 ft. The left wing (damaged by the fire) started to melt and disintegrate. Engine 1 surged again, this time failing to recover. The asymmetric power thrust caused the right wing to lift, banking the plane to over 100 degrees to port side. The power of engines 3 and 4 was reduced in attempt to level the plane. However, due to the falling speed the crew lost control. The aircraft crashed into a building, leaving no survivors.
  • The official accident investigation report (issued by BEA) revealed that the aircraft was overloaded by 810 kg (1786 pounds) above its max takeoff weight. When the Concorde was loaded, its center of gravity was aft of the takeoff limit, and fuel tank No 5 (in the port side wing) was left 94% full. The aircraft’s structural damages caused by the fire were so severe that even with all engines operating normally the crash would’ve been inevitable.
  • (Law news) in a lenghtly trial (ran in a court in Paris France, Feb to Dec 2010) the DC-10’s owner Continental Airlines was found responsible for the disaster and ordered to pay 70% of all compensation claims. The Air France company paid Euro 1 million to each of the victims’ families.
  • The plane’s namesake – Costa Concordia cruise ship – sank in 2012 near Giglio island Italy. This disastrous accident resulted in 32 drowned passengers and huge financial losses (over USD 800 million) for the shipowner Carnival Corporation. The Concordia ship wreckage was sold for scrap in 2015.

You can watch the following YouTube video (documentary by Nat Geo) explaining all the facts and details on the Concorde disaster.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • July 25, 2000, a total of 100 passengers (booked through Peter Deilmann Reederei GmbH) died in the Concorde aircraft disaster (see above).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • February 18, 2011, a 56-year-old male passenger (of German origin) sustained minor head injuries ashore, after being hit by a bus in Wellington New Zealand. The incident occurred at ~4:30 pm, as the man was crossing Lambton Quay together with fellow tourists. According to witnesses, he flew some 5 m / 16 ft through the air before hitting his head on the road. Although bleeding, his companions insisted that an ambulance shouldn’t be called. So they embarked on the bus bound for the cruise terminal, and the man was treated at the ship’s infirmary.

MS Deutschland current position


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