Iona accidents and incidents

Iona cruise ship


Length (LOA)
337 m / 1106 ft

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CruiseMapper's Iona cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 6600-passenger vessel owned by P&O UK (P&O Cruises). Our Iona accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • 2020 - suspended works at the shipbuilding yard (due to the Coronavirus pandemic) resulted in delayed delivery and cancelled inaugural cruises planned for August-September-October 2020
  18 June 2020Structural and Technical Issues

On June 18, 2020, MS Iona for the first time was fueled with LNG (bunkered) while berthed in Port Bremerhaven, Germany (at Columbus Quay operated by Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven GmbH). The bunkering operation was conducted by Nauticor GmbH und Co KG (Hamburg-based LNG supplier) which is a subsidiary of Gasum Oy (Espoo Finland-based, state-owned gas company).

The ship-to-ship bunkering was conducted by the Gasum-owned vessel Kairos (IMO 9819882, 2019-built, Cyprus-flagged bunkering LNG tanker ship).

  June 2020Other Incidents

In early-June 2020, P&O Cruises cancelled 7 of the liner's inaugural itineraries, all roundtrips from Southampton (England). The cancelled voyages were themed "Norwegian Fjords" (7-day, departures Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 29, Sept 5, Sept 12, Sept 19) and "Canary Islands" (14-day, departure Oct 10).

The Norway-bound itineraries had planned visits to Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen. The Canaries-bound itinerary was planned to visit Funchal (Madeira), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura), Arrecife (Lanzarote), Cadiz (Spain) and Lisbon (Portugal).

The company's decision was based on prolonged travel restrictions in Europe. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, P&O Cruises UK suspended passenger shipping operations fleetwide by cancelling all voyages departing between March 14 and October 15, 2020 (initially through May 15 and July 31).

  28 May 2020Structural and Technical Issues

On May 28, 2020, P&O Cruises announced that before the delivery from Meyer Werft (shipbuilder), the cruise ship will be drydocked at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (Holland) for hull and propulsion inspections. At the time (May 28), MS Iona was berthed in Bremerhaven Germany (Columbus Pier Kreuzfahrtterminal) and awaiting deliveries of equipment and provisions.

The repositioning voyage to Rotterdam also doubled as a "sea trial" - for monitoring the vessel's machinery performance and conducting various nautical and technical tests. Iona effectively started North Sea trials on May 29, leaving from Bremerhaven and cruising northbound towards Norway. The drydock started on June 2.

Iona became Meyer Werft's 50th cruise vessel, which completion, unfortunately, was delayed due to shipbuilding yard's closure caused by the 2020's Coronavirus pandemic. The ship's official delivery date is yet to be announced. The inaugural cruise is planned to depart on August 1.

  21 March 2020Structural and Technical Issues

On March 21, 2020, the shipbuilder Meyer Werft announced the suspension of works on the P&O Iona vessel. The unfinished ship remained docked in Bremerhaven (Germany). The newbuild was moved from the Papenburg Shipyard (on Ems River) to Bremerhaven (North Sea) for final outfitting and sea trials. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, works on the vessel's interior were suspended and sea trials postponed.

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