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Another Costa Ship in trouble

Post by Guest on 27.02.12 16:46

27 February 2012 Last updated at 16:34



Cruise ship Costa Allegra adrift off Seychelles

The Costa Allegra (seen here on an earlier trip to Shanghai) has over 1,000 people on board
An Italian cruise ship with more than 1,000 people on board is without power in the Indian Ocean following a fire.
The Costa Allegra is adrift in the dark more than 200 miles southwest of the Seychelles, near Alphonse Island.

The ship is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.

Costa Cruises said in a statement that the fire broke out in the electric generators' room. It did not spread and there were no injuries or casualties.

Inspections of the state of the engine room are on-going, the company says.
Ship immobilised
Tugs and "other naval and aerial units" will reach the ship, which has sent out a distress signal, Costa Cruises says.



Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard told the BBC that it took the crew a few hours to extinguish the fire.

Although the ship is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are "no problems for the passengers".

However the ship probably needs to be towed to a Seychelles port, he said.

There are no electric lights on board the ship as the batteries are being used to keep essential machinery going.

The Italian authorities have directed three merchant ships and two fishing vessels towards the stricken liner.

The authorities in the Seychelles say they have sent two tug boats, a coastguard ship and an aircraft to the scene.


There are 636 passengers and 413 crew on board the Costa Allegra, which left Madagascar on Saturday.

It was due to arrive in the Seychelles on Tuesday.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 January.

The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. He denies any wrongdoing



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17183134

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Re: Another Costa Ship in trouble

Post by tigger on 27.02.12 19:43

Candyfloss don't worry!



It'll be all right - Clarrie will spin it for them!

'A hands-on fire drill was arranged on the Costa Allegra - part of the new safety drive by the company after the Costa Concordia ran into previously non existent rocks.
'We will leave no stone unturned in our search to improve the safety of passengers,' a spokesman told the Daily Mutt, ' this fire was set expressly to demonstrate our capability of dealing with such potentially dangerous events.'
The passengers were fully informed - partly during the fire since some of their possession were on fire, but mainly afterwards in the lounge bar where free drinks were available to everyone, including the crew.








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Post by aquila on 27.02.12 22:16

@tigger wrote:Candyfloss don't worry!



It'll be all right - Clarrie will spin it for them!

'A hands-on fire drill was arranged on the Costa Allegra - part of the new safety drive by the company after the Costa Concordia ran into previously non existent rocks.
'We will leave no stone unturned in our search to improve the safety of passengers,' a spokesman told the Daily Mutt, ' this fire was set expressly to demonstrate our capability of dealing with such potentially dangerous events.'
The passengers were fully informed - partly during the fire since some of their possession were on fire, but mainly afterwards in the lounge bar where free drinks were available to everyone, including the crew.


A generous 20% discount is being offered to all our valued customers who took part in our health and safety exercise who choose a cruise in the next three months (terms and conditions apply).







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