Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gulf of Aden Transit - Brilliance of the Seas, January 22, 2011


Since the introduction in 2009 of the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (ITRC) for all ships passing thorough the Gulf of Aden, cruise passengers can feel much more secure against the threat of Somali piracy.
Before entering the Gulf of Aden a safety drill was conducted. For the passage ships are joining a convoy of three or four other vessels at an allotted time and location. During the passage armed naval escort ship are shadowing the convoy.
The Captain was logging into the control system every four hours to give position.
Before and during the passage Informative briefings for the passengers by the captain from the bridge by loudspeakers and internal TV on effective measures in place for the safety of the ship. Lookouts were in place at the top deck to look for potential pirate boat, and Brilliance of the Seas was closely followed by the patrol boat AL345 from PVI, Protection Vessels International Ltd during the entire passage of the Gulf.
Some decks were closed during the passage while sun- and pool-decks were closed from sunset to sunrise - During night no cabin- or outside deck lights for three nights. - This last one means no late-night dancing under the stars for a couple of nights, but inside, it's fun as usual.