Cruise liner Boudicca fire
Cruise liner Boudicca suffered engine fire at around 0400 UTC Jan 25 approximately in vicinity of 34 05N 008 40W, some 60 nm NW of Casablanca, Morocco. Fire was extinguished, 5 of 7 engines are operable, vessel according to the manager, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, is under way and sailing to a next port of call, which is Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands. There are 784 passengers and 356 crew on board, no injures, life on board seems to be normal. Passengers contacted friends and relatives and said there was a blackout and even a list, but everything is more or less in order now.
Boudicca left Southampton on 20 January for an 18-night cruise of Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.
Fred. Olsen statement on a Boudicca accident:
Fred. Olsen Incident on Boudicca
Following a fire in the Engine Room on board Boudicca at around 4am on Sunday 25th January 2015, sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that the ship is now proceeding towards the Canary Islands, at a slower speed than planned. Guests are being kept informed of the situation at all times. There have been no injuries to any of Boudicca’s 784 guests and 356 crew members, and there is reported to be a good atmosphere on board. The ship’s Master has confirmed that at no point were guests asked to don their lifejackets and gather at the muster stations, as the situation was contained within the Engine Room by our crew members. Services are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities on board, both inside and out on deck (as is evident from the photographs on the ‘Home’ page of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ website at www.fredolsencruises.com). We are reviewing the itinerary and assessing the extent of the damage to the two main engines and electrical cables, and will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call. A revised itinerary will be advised in due course. The safety and well-being of all guests and crew on board Boudicca is Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority, and we continue to liaise with the relevant maritime authorities. Boudicca is on an 18-night D1502 ‘Cape Verde & the Canaries’ cruise, which departed from Southampton on 20th January 2015. The ship sailed from Cadiz, Spain on Saturday 24thJanuary 2015, and was scheduled to arrive in Arrecife, Lanzarote tomorrow morning, Monday 26th January 2015.
Latest updates will be available on the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ website at www.fredolsencruises.com For any media enquiries, please call +44 (0)1473 292461.
Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2015 at 02:09