Marine Log

July 19, 2006

Steering eyed in cruise ship list incident

A steering malfunction will be investigated as a possible explanation of yesterday's incident in which the cruise ship Crown Princess suddenly listed, resulting in a number of injuries.

None of the injuries was sufficiently serious to require anyone to be airlifted from the ship, which reported the incident to the Coast Guard at approximately 4.00 PM yesterday.

The Coast Guard said it was not yet clear how far the ship had listed.

Press reports say the list was sufficiently severe to send water cascading out of swimming pools spilling swimmers on the deck. Passengers are reported as saying the list lasted approximately one minute and that the ship's captain said over the public-address system that the steering computer had malfunctioned.

Princess Cruises yesterday issued the following statement:

After departure from Port Canaveral at approximately 3:25 pm eastern time today, Crown Princess experienced an unexpected list to the starboard side as she began sailing north towards her final port of New York.

Initial reports are that a number of passengers did sustain serious injuries. There are also numerous reports of injuries such as cuts, bruises and fractures. We are currently assessing the full extent of passenger injuries, and have returned the ship to Port Canaveral to transfer the more seriously affected passengers to a medical facility ashore.

We deeply regret this incident, and are doing everything we can to make our passengers as comfortable as possible under these difficult circumstances.

We are also investigating the cause of the ship's sudden list, which is unknown at this time. We can confirm that the watertight integrity of the ship has not been compromised, and it is safe for passengers to remain onboard while the ship is alongside in Port Canaveral.

The cruise will be terminated in Port Canaveral, and arrangements are being made to return the passengers home. A full refund will be given to passengers, together with a full reimbursement of any additional expenses.

We will provide details about the next cruise after we are able to fully evaluate the situation.

Crown Princess is currently on a 9-day Western Caribbean sailing, roundtrip out of New York, with calls at Grand Turk, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Port Canaveral was the last port of call before returning to New York.

Crown Princess is the latest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet.

Passenger Capacity: 3,080
Tonnage: 113,000
Builder: Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy
Inaugural Cruise: June 14, 2006
Homeport: New York, San Juan
Length: 951 feet
Height: 195 feet
Beam: 159 feet (including bridge wing)
118 feet (excluding bridge wing)
Draft: 26 feet
Decks: 19
Space Ratio: 37
Passenger Cabins: 1,538 (1,102 outside/436 inside)
Cabins with Private Balconies: 880 (80 percent of all outside cabins)
Additional/Upper Berths: 683
Pools: 4 (plus additional pools for children and crew)
Whirlpools Spas: 7
Outside Deck Space: More than 122,250 square feet
Showrooms/Lounges: Three main show lounges (both theater and cabaret style); 12 lounges/bars for refreshments, entertainment, dancing
Passenger Services: Piazza-style atrium, casino, four duty-free shops, Lotus Spa and fitness center, The Sanctuary, sports deck, wedding chapel, children's and teen's centers, disco and observation lounge, nine-hole putting course, golf simulator, library, Internet Cafˇ, art gallery, Movies Under the Stars screen
Number of Crew: 1200
Propulsion: Two fixed pitch propellers each driven by a Siemens electric propulsion motor of 19 Megawatts maximum output. Propulsion and ship's service power from six Siemens generators, four of 11,520 Kilowatts and two of 8,640 Kilowatts, driven by Wartsila ZA40S diesel engines, four V-16 and two V-12, respectively
Maximum Speed: 21.5 knots
Lifeboats: 18 lifeboats, 6 tenders, 2 rescue boats
Registry: Bermuda
Classification: Lloyd's Register of Shipping
Deployment: Caribbean sailings from New York and San Juan, Canada/New England