Marine Log

May 11, 2006

Cruise ship inspection showed deficiencies

Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch is currently investigating an engine room fire that broke out early May 6 aboard the Cyprus-flagged cruise ship The Calypso in the English Channel.

The 11,162 gt ship was towed to Southampton after the fire was brought under control by the ship's crew, assisted by emergency services flown from East Sussex, U.K. There were 708 people on board of whom 462 were passengers and no injuries were reported

The ship was met in Southamptonby MAIB Inspectors who began their investigation of the accident, taking evidence from crew and passengers, as well as conducting an in-depth examination of the fire-damaged areas.

A vessel search on the EU's Equasis data base indicates that 30 deficiencies were noted during a recent Port State Control inspection in Seveille, Spain, though the vessel was not detained. The report, dated April 26, 2006, shows that four of the deficiencies related to Fire Safety Measures.