The 294 meter long, 7500 dwt passenger cruise ship Norwegian Star became disabled off Inverloch, Australia. The Norwegian Star was on a cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand when it suffered engine failure causing the vessel to go adrift. The vessel’s generators remained operational providing power to facilities and bow thrusters, but not enough to reach port.
Three tugs were dispatched and towed the Norwegian Star to Melbourne for repairs. Passengers were disembarked and were given alternative transportation back to Auckland. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Norwegian Star had suffered engine problems just prior to this voyage. The vessel had developed a fault in the engine and was forced to proceed at reduced speed.
The 207 meter long, 2700 dwt passenger cruise ship Thomson Majesty became disabled on the Mediterranean Sea near Livorno, Italy. The Thomson Majesty had departed from Livorno bound for Corsica when it suffered a total power blackout. The passenger ship went adrift for several hours before the crew was able to restore power. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Thomson Majesty returned to Livorno. No further details reported.
On September 1, the 105 meter long passenger ship Seadream 1 caught fire in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Palinuro near Naples, Italy. The fire started in the cruise ship’s engine room causing a power blackout and leaving the vessel adrift. Authorities were alerted and multiple patrol boats along with a ferry were diverted to the scene. All 105 passengers and a large number of the 61 crew were evacuated safely. No reports of injuries. The Seadream 1 was later taken under tow to Partenopeo by tugs. No reports of pollution released.