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Sapphire Princess in Jeddah

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Does anyone know why Sapphire Princess is alongside at Jeddah Saudia Arabia today 20th November 2019.

May have missed scheduled port of Aqaba.

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40 minutes ago, SeaDog-46 said:

Does anyone know why Sapphire Princess is alongside at Jeddah Saudia Arabia today 20th November 2019.

May have missed scheduled port of Aqaba.

According to Marine Traffic, the Sapphire Princess departed Aqaba around 1700 UTC on November 18th as scheduled. However, the stop in Jeddah is not on her itinerary - it's possible there was an on-board medical emergency or she picked up someone in distress at sea. I also see at 0909 UTC on November 19th she slowed to 3.5 knots which leads one to think she may have picked up someone.

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Edited by beg3yrs
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We had a medical emergency. We were originally supposed to anchor to transfer the patient but were then directed to dock instead. We should be leaving soon. 

 

For those who know how to find me, details of the brouhaha we witnessed onshore will be in today’s blog post. 

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1 hour ago, beg3yrs said:

According to Marine Traffic, the Sapphire Princess departed Aqaba around 1700 UTC on November 18th as scheduled. However, the stop in Jeddah is not on her itinerary - it's possible there was an on-board medical emergency or she picked up someone in distress at sea. I also see at 0909 UTC on November 19th she slowed to 3.5 knots which leads one to think she may have picked up someone.

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I added info on the medical emergency above but forgot to mention the 19th. Crew and passengers were undergoing the anti-piracy drill. 

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As well as the medical evacuation we also had to disembark a crew member on compassionate grounds.

 

Crew member's only child had been bed ridden for many years and passed away in the Philippines.

 

Princess organised an emergency offload however because Princess did not have a port agent in Jeddah we had to wait until the Saudi authorities processed the offload and a representative from the airline had to attend the port to pick up and escort the crew member.

 

Heart breaking for the guy and the rest of the crew who knew him, apparently he was very popular but the rest of the crew.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Dobby_The_Ship_Elf said:

As well as the medical evacuation we also had to disembark a crew member on compassionate grounds.

 

Crew member's only child had been bed ridden for many years and passed away in the Philippines.

 

Princess organised an emergency offload however because Princess did not have a port agent in Jeddah we had to wait until the Saudi authorities processed the offload and a representative from the airline had to attend the port to pick up and escort the crew member.

 

Heart breaking for the guy and the rest of the crew who knew him, apparently he was very popular but the rest of the crew.

 

 

I knew there was a sad crew member situation as well but didn't have all the details. Thanks for filling in the blanks.

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