Troubled cruise company's power-out ship sets sail

23:01, Feb 18 2013
The Seabourn Odyssey
TROUBLE: The Seabourn Odyssey, a sister ship to the ill-fated Italian liner Costa Concordia, had to be towed to its berth in Wellington Harbour after suffering a complete power failure.

The Seabourn Odyssey set sail for Picton last night after power failure yesterday morning meant it had to be towed to its berth.

A sister ship to the ill-fated Italian liner Costa Concordia, Seabourn Odyssey, lost all power at 7.18am when its engineers engaged bow thrusters for berthing.

Carnival Corp owns the cruise ship along with Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy last year, killing 32 people.

It also owns the Carnival Triumph, which lost power on a cruise last week, and the Carnival Splendour, which was crippled by a fire in its engine room in 2010.

Harbour master Mike Pryce said the cruise ship set sail, as scheduled, for Picton at 11pm last night.

''We would have run out of room if it hadn't after two big cruiseliners came in this morning,'' he said.

A 270 metre-long P&O cruiser, Aurora, arrived from Napier today and leaves again at 4pm this afternoon.

Alongside Aurora in the harbour is the 294 metre-long Diamond Princess that arrived from Picton and heads to Tauranga at 6pm. 


The Dominion Post