Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2013
MIAMI – The Bimini Superfast Cruise Ship received its Initial Certificate of Compliance (ICOC) by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday and is now cleared to embark passengers in U.S. ports of call.
The Coast Guard requires foreign flag passenger ships arriving in the United States to participate in the ICOC examination process. Specifically, ships that embark passengers for the first time or make an initial U.S. port call while carrying U.S. citizens as passengers.
The 32,000-ton vessel has passed its inspection of navigational, lifesaving, and firefighting equipment and crew proficiency with emergency procedures.
On 26 and 27 June 2013, the Coast Guard first inspected the Bimini Superfast Ferry in Miami. Although it has previously been referred to as a ferry, it is in fact a cruise ship.
As with any other commercial vessel or cruise ship vessel examination under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the Coast Guard’s exam of the ferry focused on document checks, general structural fire protection, automatic sprinkler/water mist systems, fire pumps and hydrants, fixed fire detection systems, fire and water tight doors, engineering systems, emergency lighting, life saving appliances, pollution prevention, navigational safety and security. This was to ensure the vessel was maintaining these systems in proper operating conditions and that the Flag Administration had performed an annual survey. In addition, a fire and abandon ship drill was witnessed.
As a result of the Coast Guard inspection team’s initial findings, the ship was issued a work list of items that needed to be corrected which included such items as providing proper operation of the emergency source of power, proving proper operation of the life boat release mechanisms, and demonstration of the crews overall proficiency to respond to an emergency situation. Since then the Coast Guard has worked closely with the ferry’s ownership to resolve the issues and, as of today, all items have been satisfactorily resolved.
“The Coast Guard is always involved in inspecting cruise ships and commercial vessels that call in U.S. ports to ensure compliance with safety standards,” said Cmdr. Janet Espino-Young, chief of inspections at Coast Guard Sector Miami. “It is important to note these discrepancies were discovered during our initial inspections prior to the ferry embarking any passengers and we worked thoroughly with the owners of the ferry to bring them up to the standard to safely embark passengers in the United States.”
“Safety of passengers and personnel onboard, and the protection of property, is a top priority of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Capt. Austin Gould, Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander and Captain of the Port. “We are pleased that the 1,346-passenger ship is now in compliance having met all required safety standards to sail.”
Commercial cruises to Resorts World Bimini from Miami will begin on Saturday, July 20th with the Day Explorer Cruise departing from Port Miami’s Terminal F at 9am, arriving in Bimini in about two and a half hours and returning at 7pm daily.
Price starts at $49 round-trip during weekdays and $79 during weekends and holidays. Passengers will enjoy free breakfast and dinner on the Party Deck as well as have their choice of six world-class restaurants and bars onboard with exceptional service from an international crew.
“We are pleased to work with the US Coast Guard to bring Bimini SuperFast to first class safety standards and appreciate their rigorous examination of the ship,” said Dana Leibovitz, President of Resorts World Bimini. “After buying this modern German built cruise ship for $70 million, we spent a further $30 million to bring her to the highest safety standards.”
Bimini SuperFast is brought to the US by the Genting Group, the international company that brought cruising to Asia Pacific through “Star Cruises” and later bought “Norwegian Cruise Line” in the US. Group management implemented the highest safety culture onboard, exemplified by being the first cruise line to own its own ship simulator for regular training and first to introduce closed-circuit television systems for security and surveillance, including the Captain’s bridges. Bimini SuperFast has more than 400 cameras onboard and is the 3rd largest commercial user of high-definition digital recording, first debuted at Resorts World New York City and then on Norwegian Breakaway.
The first night “Party Cruise” departing Miami daily at 10pm, returning at 6am will start in early August after a period of “Day Explorer Cruises.”
Whether your ideal vacation includes relaxing on a powdery white sand beach, reeling in the big catch, diving a shipwreck or shooting craps and playing baccarat in the most exciting casinos on land or at sea, the world’s first “Cruise Destination Resort” – Bimini SuperFast and Resorts World Bimini has it all. Please visit www.rwbimini.com or call 1-888-930-8688 for more information and reservations.