Sexual Assault Reported on Baltic Princess

Baltic PrincessAn international maritime newspaper reports that the police department in Sweden arrested a passenger aboard the Baltic Princess on September 30th for raping a younger woman aboard a ferry. The arrest took place when the ship arrived in Värtahamnen, a port in Stockholm, Sweden.  The man was apprehended by security guards on the ferry and then turned over to the police. The woman has been transported to the hospital for examination. Both the woman and the suspected offender were reportedly Finnish citizens.

The Baltic Princess is a cruise ship / ferry owned by the Estonia-based ferry operator Tallink and operated under the Silja Line brand.

Photo credit:  Kalle Id, CC by 3.0, commons / wikimedia.

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Tim - November 13, 2017 2:48 PM

I have been doing some Googling and reading regarding Azipod reliability problems. One known reliability problem involves the motor shaft bearings. ABB has published a PDF that claims improvements in Azipod designs:

Azipods installed on some cruise ships seem to be still be having problems, I question whether the claimed improvements have fixed the problems, or whether the Azipods on cruise ships that are having problems were manufactured with the improvents that are claimed in the PDF.

An interesting PDF, by SINM, dated 2004, with information regarding bearing design in podded propulsion systems:

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