Report on incident in Tory Channel
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission released their findings on the incident involving the "Azamara Quest" on May 3, 2018. Investigators found that the bridge team had a misunderstanding of the plan for the vessel to make the turn into Tory Channel because the details of how the turn would be made and the influence the tide would have on the ship during the turn had not been clearly communicated. The Master and Pilot exchanged information and discussed the passage plan through Tory Channel to Picton. Due to the master and pilot having a miscommunication, the turn was initiated late and the ship never achieved a sufficient rate of turn to avoid contacting the Wheki Rock close to the northern shoreline. The vessel struck the rock, causing minor damage to the hull and damage to one propeller.
Miscommunication blamed for cruise ship hitting rock in Marlborough Sounds in 2016
A cruise ship crash onto rocks in the Marlborough Sounds was triggered by confusion between the bridge and the pilot who was guiding it, a maritime investigation has found. The incident resulted in cruise ships being banned from taking the same routes as Cook Strait ferries. In January 2016, the Picton-bound, Maltese-flagged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Azamara Quest struck Wheki Rock after entering Tory Channel with a Port Marlborough pilot on board. https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/103611698/miscommunication-blamed-for-cruise-ship-hitting-rock-in-marlborough-sounds
Cruise ship evacuated after suspicious objects were found
On June 9, 2017, around 3 p.m., a large-scale alarm was launched in the port of Nice after the supposed discovery of explosives. Suspicious objects were found on a cargo pallet, which was intended to be loaded onto the "Azamara Quest". The security forces and the military barred off the quayside where the ship was berthed , and crew and passengers as well as port workers were evacuated. The find proved to be harmless after a check - it was not an explosive. The ship had come from Barcelona and was to continue its cruise from Nice.Upload News