Iona accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Iona cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 6264-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 2020 through April 2021.
- medevacs - 2022
22 May 2022Coast Guard Medevacs
On May 22, 2022, a male passenger was medevaced from the liner navigating in the Baltic Sea, en route from England to Norway (Southampton to Stavanger).
For the operation, HM Coastguard Humber dispatched from Humberside Airport a rescue helicopter team (a Sikorsky S-92 aircraft operated by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of the Coastguard) to rendezvous with the cruise ship.
According to an ABP Humber Coastguard spokeswoman, the man needed to be airlifted and transported back to England "due to a medical issue" (unspecified).
The incident occurred at the beginning of a 7-day "Norwegian Fjords Cruise" (itinerary May-21-28, roundtrip from Southampton) calling exclusively ports in Norway - Stavanger (May 23), Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger, and Haugesund.
March 2021Other Incidents
In early-March 2021, P&O UK cancelled a total of 22 departures part of MS Iona's inaugural season. The latest cancellations were all roundtrips from Southampton to Norway. The cancelled voyages (themed "Norwegian Fjords") were originally scheduled for the period April 24 through September 18, 2021 (first-last departure dates).
The new ship's Maiden Voyage was once again rescheduled - from April 24 (7-day Norwegian Fjords) to September 25 (14-day "Spain And Portugal").
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 canceled 7 of the Iona liner's inaugural itineraries, all roundtrips from Southampton (England). The canceled 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).
In late-November were cancelled more departures (through April 2021) and the ship's maiden voyage was rescheduled for April 24 (7-day roundtrip Southampton to Norwegian Fjords). The company's decision was based on prolonged travel restrictions in Europe and international travel uncertainties.
Eventually, due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, P&O UK suspended passenger shipping operations fleetwide by canceling all voyages departing between March 14, 2020, and late-April 2021.
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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