noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Activating volcano in Caribbean

This was interesting and may well have impact for cruise ships in the general vicinity of the activity.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/25/americas/kick-em-jenny-volcano-rumbling/index.html

"To clear its path and reduce risks, scientists set up an exclusion zone for ships around the volcano. Recreational ships must stay at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the summit of the volcano. Underwater or submarine volcanoes release intense amounts of gas into the sea during eruptions -- and at times in between eruptions during a process called degassing. Such gas bubbles lower water density and can cause ships to lose buoyancy and sink."

I'm not sure about anyone else but buoyancy is a top-of-the-list issue for me when it comes to cruising.  What do you think?

Tags: Caribbean

4 Answers

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Interesting story. I agree that when on a cruise, buoyancy is somewhat a critical issue.

One would assume that the cruise lines won't venture too close so as not to lose an valuable asset, not to mention a few paying customers. However, that being said. I can see a rather bad disaster movie in the making.Wink

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I had never heard of that,   sunk by bad gas. I'm sure the cruise lines have those places mapped out and charted as areas not to go through,   Like the charted rocks off of Gigilo Italy.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I am sure that the cruise lines will stay sufficiently far away.  These ship cost mega bucks.  

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

I am sure they are all well aware of the hot spots (npi) but I've not heard of anything happening like that in the Caribbean in recent years.

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