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Insignia

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises »

NOTABLE EVENT: fire

On Dec. 11, 2014 a fire broke out in the engine room of the Insignia, killing one crew member and two contractors. Three other crew members were hospitalized.

Year Built
1998
Capacity
698passengers
Registered In
Marshall 82ce46fed9273931a0977ac9329aaf95062932c8203592a4345ed4d0ff2ed0d4Marshall Islands What's This Flag?

Health

Federal health inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspect cruise ships twice a year, checking everything from kitchen equipment to dishwasher temperatures, and grade ships based on what they find. A score below 86 is considered failing. Cruise ships are also required to report all illness outbreaks affecting more than 3% of passengers or crew to the CDC. Inspections and outbreaks from 2010 to the present are shown below.

Health Scores & Inspections
96/100

Health Score: Oct 2014

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Illness Outbreaks

None Reported

Health Scores & Inspections: Details

Inspection on Oct 31, 2014 | Score: 96

Buffet-Waves Grill

The paper towel dispenser at the handwash station was filled with napkins. This was corrected.

Buffet-Terrace Cafe- Starboard Beverage Station

The electrical cords and vents were soiled with dust behind the espresso machine.

Galley-Terrace Cafe- Combi Oven

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind and beside the deck-mounted combination oven.

Galley-Terrace Cafe- Combi Oven

An electrical cord was lying on the deck. This was corrected.

Food Service General-Ice Machine

Slotted fasteners were observed in the food contact and food splash zones in the ice machines for the Terrace Cafe Galley and Main Galley. Staff reported this was the case for all the machines. One slotted fastener was observed in the ice thickness sensor probe; two slotted fasteners were observed on the water flow regulator holder; and four slotted fasteners were observed on the overflow regulator holder.

Galley-Terace Cafe- Preparation Counter

The underside of the preparation counter to the left of the soiled storage was soiled with a green substance.

Food Service General-Stove Grease Drain Lines

A gap was observed around the grease drain line in the grease housing. This was noted for the grills and hot tops in the Terrace Cafe Galley, Main Galley, Toscano/Polo Galley on the port side, and Crew Galley.

Galley-Terrace Cafe

A hole was noted in the bulkhead deckhead juncture where the time control mobile trolleys were placed.

Galley-Pizza Counter

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the coffee machines.

Galley-Pizza Counter

A hole was noted on the counter below the pass-through pizza counter window.

Galley-Pizza Counter

One of the light bulbs for the pizza display was not shatter resistant.

Galley-Pizza Counter

The backside upper region of the pizza oven was soiled with dust.

Galley-Pizza Counter

The counter, deckhead, and bulkhead behind the pizza oven was soiled with dust.

Galley-Warewash Area

The latch pin insert of the door frame to the warewash area was open to voids in the bulkhead.

Bar-Toscano

The light intensity was less than 220 lux at the back counter of the Toscano bar.

Galley-Toscano/Polo

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the ice machine.

Galley-Toscano/Polo

The panel behind the microwave, where the bulkhead and counter joined, had a seam, which was soiled. This was corrected on site.

Pantry-Deck 5- Menage Room

The restaurant department's locker room, adjacent to the room service galley, was not coved and packaged food and dishware was stored inside this room.

Dining Room-Deck 5- Waiter Stations

The light intensity was less than 220 lux at the waiter stations.

Room Service-Glasswash

The glasswash machine was continuously spraying water when it was in use. This was immediately corrected.

Room Service-Order Counter

The gap between the reach-in refrigerator and order counter was difficult to clean.

Room Service-Order Counter

The gap between the reach-in refrigerator and order counter was soiled.

Room Service-Fryer

The gap between the fryer and grill was difficult to clean.

Room Service-Fryer

The gap between the fryer and grill was soiled. Staff reported no food preparation took place in the room service and the grill was used to warm food.

Galley-Pastry

A light insect control device was installed over the handwash station beside the dough mixer. This was immediately removed.

Galley-Pastry

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the oven.

Galley-Hot Section- Combi Oven

Soil and dust were noted under the combination oven and on the top side of another combination oven.

Galley-Hot Section- Walk-in Refrigerator

Carved pumpkins for display were stored adjacent to and above food. This was immediately corrected.

Galley-Room Service Preparation

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the microwave where food was prepared for the room service.

Galley-Cold Pantry

Chicken salad had a discard date of 11/5, but the grilled chicken used in the chicken salad was cooked on 10/29.

Galley-Cold Pantry

The paper towel dispenser for the handwash station was installed partially over a preparation table by the cold well.

Buffet-Sneeze Shield

The sneeze shield was not low enough to protect the food from potential contamination on the crew buffet line with the tray counter.

Buffet-Crew Mess

The light intensity was less than 220 lux where the food was stored underneath the sneeze shields.

Galley-Combination Oven

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the combination oven.

Galley-Potwash

Four previously cleaned pans were soiled in the potwash clean area. All pans were sent to be re-cleaned.

Buffet-Staff Mess

The light intensity was less than 110 lux behind the espresso and juice machines.

Buffet-BBQ

The light intensity was less than 220 lux at the grill where the cook was grilling burgers.

Recreational Water Facilities-Swimming Pool Depth Markers

On the two depth markers signs for meters, it was difficult to read the word 'meters.' It appeared that the signs had gotten wet and the colors had blended.

Recreational Water Facilities-Whirlpool Automated Monitoring

The starboard and port whirlpools were on a combined system and until 22 October, and only one chart recorder was installed for both whirlpools.

Pantry-Deck 7 Forward

The light intensity behind the ice machine was less than 110 lux. The vessel had received 6000 light fixtures and was in the process of installing them.

Pantry-Deck 7 Forward

The hook installed over the plastic deflector panel inside the ice machine was corroding. This was removed.

Pantry-Deck 7 Aft

The light intensity around and behind the ice machine was less than 110 lux. The vessel had received 6000 light fixtures and was in the process of installing them.

Bar-Barista

The light intensity at the self-service food counter was less than 220 lux.

Bar-Barista

Water was in the bottom of the previously-cleaned blender cup. The cup was stored upright on the blender with the lid on. According to the staff, the blender was last used the previous evening.

Bar-Barista

The technical space below the speed rail was open to void spaces on both the right and left sides, which made access for cleaning difficult. These void spaces also had exposed raw wood.

Provisions-Vegetable Walk-in

The tops of three boxes of bagged orange juice stored below the evaporative condenser were soiled with a dried black and brown debris. One of the boxes was also wet on top. The back of the evaporative condenser was soiled on the outside frame and between the fins with a wet black and brown material.

Provisions-Vegetable Walk-in

The back of the deckhead-mounted evaporative condenser was soiled on the outside frame and between the fins with a wet black and brown material. Several boxes of bagged orange juice were stored below the condenser and the tops of the boxes were soiled.

Provisions-Meat and Poultry Freezer

A box of whole frozen chickens was stored partially uncovered and several of the chickens were partially exposed and uncovered. The chickens were not wrapped in plastic or otherwise covered.

Buffet-Waves Grill

The self-service salad bar was renovated during the April 2014 dry dock, including replacing the undercounter refrigerators and neutral storage cabinet. Passenger handwashing stations were not installed according to the 2011 VSP Construction Guidelines. The plans were not presented to VSP for review prior to dry dock. After a discussion with the management on the vessel, crew members were assigned to the Waves Grill salad bar to serve the food.

Safety

Serious crimes and injuries on cruise ships that make port in the U.S. are required to be reported to the Coast Guard. Smaller-scale crimes and thefts are reported to local police authorities (if reported at all). Incidents and inspections from 2010 to the present are shown below.

Crimes & Incidents
1

Incident

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Coast Guard Inspections
7

Deficiencies (found in 6 inspections).

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Coast Guard Inspections: Details

Inspection on Feb 18, 2015

No deficiencies found

Inspection on Feb 09, 2015

Electrical

A surge protector was found hard-wired into a light fixture in the overhead of the galley office for the time clock. A drop light was found hard-wired into a light fixture on the FWD mooring deck. 74 SOLAS (04) II-1/45.5.6

Fire Fighting

Doors 225, 345, and 347 were found to have penetrations in way of keyholes. Door 11a10 was found to have a broken top hinge which prevented full closing of the door. 74 SOLAS (04) II-2/9.4.1.1.2

Accommodation/Occupational Safety

Hand rails around the Terrace Cafe on deck 9 were 41 inches from the flooring to the top of the hand rails. 46 USC 3507

Fire Fighting

PSCO found combustable rubber belts in A/C room "11a16" where storage of combustables if prohibited. 74 SOLAS (04) II-2/9.2.2.3.2.2

Construction/Loadline

The door latching device fro door 2D058 was broken and did not provide a means of securing. 74 SOLAS (97) II-2/31.1.1

Construction/Loadline

The hose port on fire screen door 1013 was not self closing. 74 SOLAS (04) II-2/9.4.1.1.7

Lifesaving

Vessel crew stated that the lifeboat tenders could not be ran out of the water for a period of 3 min without damaging the saltwater pump. 74 SOLAS (09) III/20.6.2

Inspection on Oct 31, 2014

No deficiencies found

Inspection on Oct 14, 2014

No deficiencies found

Inspection on Nov 14, 2012

No deficiencies found

Inspection on Oct 06, 2011

No deficiencies found

Crimes & Incidents: Details

Dec 11, 2014

Fire or explosion

CAUGHT FIRE IN ENGINE ROOM WHILST BERTHED AT NO. 5 BERTH AT CASTRIES CITY, ST LUCIA AT 0910 HOURS LT ON 11/12/14.ALL 656 PASSENGERS EVACUATED. BLAZE EXTINGUISHED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM LOCAL FIRE SERVICES. 1 CREW MEMBER AND 2 CONTRACTORS DEAD. 3 OTHER CREW MEMBERS TAKEN TO LOCAL HOSPITAL WITH SMOKE INHALATION INJURIES. REMAINDER OF CRUISE CANCELLED AND PASSENGERS REPATRIATED. INVESTIGATION EFFECTED. SUBSEQUENTLY ARRIVED AT SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO ON 22/12/14 IN TOW OF AHTS 'BOULDER' FOR REPAIRS.SUBSEQUENTLY REPAIRED AND RETURNED TO SERVICE.

Source: International Maritime Organization
CREDITS & SOURCES

Illustrations: Josh Cochran, special to ProPublica. Data: Coast Guard Port State Information eXchange, Coast Guard Incident Investigative Reports, Coast Guard Marine Casualties & Pollution Data, IMO GISIS Marine Casualties, CDC Inspections & Deficiencies, CDC Outbreaks, CruisePage Man Overboard List, Local crime reports gathered by reporters Lynn Walsh & Dan Krauth, other local crime reports. Photos: VesselFinder. Icons: Jessica Lock, Juan Pablo Bravo,Hans Gerhard Meier.

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