Cruise Ships Prevented From Docking In Oslo Due to Labor Strike

Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas holding 2,000 passengers, Holland America’s Rotterdam holding 1,316 passengers, the Emerald Princess holding 3,080 passengers, and Star Clipper’s Star Flyer holding 170 passengers are just a few cruise ships to name that have been turned away from docking in Oslo. According to an article in USA Today titled Strike scuttles cruise ship calls in Oslo, a strike by pilot boat skippers is causing this inconvenience. The article states that “the dispute over wages between the pilots and municipality of Oslo comes just as the Norwegian summer cruise season is kicking into high gear.” Supposedly this will expand even more tomorrow which will result in more Norwegian ports being affected. The article states that “cruise ships are required by local and International Maritime regulations to have a pilot – an expert in navigating the local waters – come onboard in order to enter various ports of call around the world.” As a result, maritime services will be greatly affected. The strike started with 42 public sector pilots on strike. Hurtigruten is not impacted by the strike since the ship’s navigators do not have the same pilot requirements.

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