The explosion killed eight crew members and seriously burned another nineteen NCL crew members.
The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTBS") concluded that the deadly boiler explosion was caused by NCL's "improper operation, maintenance and inspection" of the old cruise ship's steam chamber.
The old boiler had "extensive fatigue cracking" and deteriorated materials that weakened the metal and caused it to rupture under pressure.
The NTSB reported that NCL was aware of the dangerous condition but failed to take action to fix the problem.
NCL argued that Miami was not the proper location to resolve the dispute even though it is based in Miami and the deaths occurred at the port of Miami. Star Cruises, our federal court agreed with NCL and sent the cases to Manila, where Filipino law limited the widows to just ,000 and the children to just ,500 for the loss of their dead husbands/fathers.
Like "freestlye cruising," NCL's unprecedented legal posturing has also been copied by NCL's competitors Carnival, Royal Caribbean and all other cruise lines, which quickly inserted one-sided arbitration clauses into their crew member employment agreements to escape or limit their liability when things go wrong on the high seas. Filipino seafarers are especially susceptible to being screwed by the Miami-based cruise lines, thanks to NCL's efforts which started under Veitch's tenure.
CEO Veitch tried to deflect blame but NCL was forced to plead guilty to a criminal charge of gross negligence regarding the explosion. When the families of the eight dead crew members who were scalded to death filed suit in Miami to obtain compensation for the loss of their fathers and husbands, Veitch's lawyers argued that the crew members were not entitled to file suit before a judge and jury in Miami.
Instead, NCL argued, because the crew members were Filipinos, their loved ones had to pursue the extremely limited death benefits pursuant to the arbitration process in the Philippines. S.) crew members out of the American legal system was unprecedented.
Things turned sour between the two rich cruise executives after a travel periodical, Travel Weekly, wrote a glowing article in December of 2014 about Veitch and his success at NCL.I wrote about this in Finding the One Online extensively – what it’s like to be a woman dating online and how men need to up their games to connect.Hell, I just gave a TEDx talk about this very thing.The overblown 187-page lawsuit which you can review here is, in my opinion, a rather fascinating insight into the hurt-feelings and out-of-control personalities of two multi-millionaire former NCL cruise executives. Sheehan and NCL asked the court to strike what they characterized as "immaterial, impertinent and scandalous" allegations.The lawsuit which Veitch filed against Sheehan included allegations which have been characterized by the Skift travel publication as "incendiary" accusations that Mr. The bitter personal allegations between these two former cruise executives arise from a nasty dispute between two very wealthy former cruise executives. Veitch resigned from NCL's parent company, Star Cruises, he reportedly received ,000,000 as part of a severance package.
Sheehan then sent an email to Travel Weekly mocking the article and criticizing Veitch.