The 784 passengers of the "Boudicca" - 778 of them British - have had their trip cut short as Fred Olsen Cruise Lines made the difficult decision to cancel the voyage and fly the passengers back to Southampton and Bournemouth. The ship had left Southampton on Jan 20 for an 18-night cruise of Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. After the fire, the ship made its way to Tenerife in spite of two engines being damaged, leaving the ship running on two main engines and three auxiliary engines at a reduced speed of eight knots. It reached the port of Santa Cruz on Jan 28.
After the arrival, engineers have been investigating the extent of the damage. Their expert assessment was that the "Boudicca" should stay longer in Tenerife, in order for the ship to undertake all the work required. All passengers have been offered a full refund for the cost of their ticket, plus 50% off their next booking as compensation.
The next cruise was expected to depart as planned from Southampton on Feb 7.
In the morning of Jan 30, 2015, the CROSS Joburg was informed by the "Vauban" that a crew member had suffered a hand injury. The trawler was 25 nautical miles east of Barfleur. The Cross Joburg had a conference call with the Marine Medical Consultation Centre (MMCC) in Toulouse, and the SAMU maritime medical coordination (SCMM) in Le Havre, and a medevac was decided. The CROSS Jobourg deployed an EC 225 helicopter of the Navy Base in Maupertus which hoisted the wounded and took him to the University Hospital (CHU) in Caen at noon.
French report with photo:
The wreck of the sunken "Ninive" was pumped out on Jan 28, 2015, by forces of the THW and the "Stadtwerke". Draining works started at 2 p.m. , and a tractor pulled the galeas upright with a towing wire at the mast. Around 4 p.m. the THW arrived with 17 men and eight more mobile pumps with a capcity of 6000 liters per minute each. At 5.15 p.m. the ship which sank in the night of Jan 21, was floating again.
German reports with photos and video:
The "Omanda" was successfully raised from the water alongside the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processors on Jan 18 around midnight. The "Omanda" has been towed to the small-craft harbour in the port of Walvis Bay on Jan 19 and repair work was soon to start to the vessel on the Walvis Bay syncrolift. The tugboat sank after it hit a sandbank in the fisheries harbour. The crippled tug was ordered to sail to the nearest quayside which at the time was the fisheries quay of Merlus Seafood Processor. The vessel settled alongside on the bottom 11 p.m. with her wheelhouse still above the water surface. On Jan 14 salvage teams started to prepare the vessel to be raised to the surface by sealing the hull and hull doors and pumping all water from the vessel. But on Jan 16 at 2 p.m. something went wrong and the vessel capsized and sank again. This time, the vessel settled on her portside with the wheelhouse also submerged. Within 60 hours, salvage teams again ensured the vessel was sealed and pumping operations resulted in the vessel being fully re-floated by midnight on Sunday. On Jan 19 the vessel was towed to the small-craft harbour. During the past few days investigators inspected the vessel and it was ensured she was prepared to be pulled out of the water at the Walvis Bay syncrolift for a refit which is expected to run into tens of millions of Namibian Dollar. Meanwhile it was reported that an underwater survey, as well as physical inspection by divers, revealed the "Omanda" struck a sandbank where the fisheries channel and the fishing harbour meets.
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