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200+ Passengers Sickened On Cruise Ship Out Of Fort Lauderdale

Recently, over 200 people got ill on a Royal Caribbean cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale this past December. The five day trip to Jamaica was marred by an outbreak of the norovirus, which is a gastrointestinal disease spread by infected food and water.

Lifeboat Incident Highlights Decommissioning Safety Issues

The recent incident on Shell UK’s offshore oil rig, the Brent Alpha, is just one indicator of the safety issues inherent in decommissioning. With no warning, a lifeboat on the rig lowered to the water during routine maintenance. The failure of the clutch securing the lifeboat to the rig did not cause any injuries but highlights the possible danger of aging rigs. The next several years will see a decommissioning boom with oceanic oil rigs.

How are cruise ships sanitized after passengers disembark?

The descriptor “floating Petri dish” for cruise vessels is quite accurate. It’s a small world wherein thousands of people are in very close proximity for a week or more. A single sick passenger can infect hundreds and some pathogens are particularly hard to kill. With communal pools, onboard casinos and handrails everywhere, the possibility of catching a contagion runs high.

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