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 yesterday.
The Seabourn Odyssey is owned by the Carnival Corp shipping line, owner of the 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.
Maritime NZ spokesman Steve Rendle said the Seabourn Odyssey's power blackout occurred at 7.18am yesterday when its engineers engaged bow thrusters for berthing.
It was towed to its Aotea Quay berth by a CentrePort tug. Maritime NZ approved the ship to sail for Picton last night after engineers and electricians spent the day working on it.
Meanwhile, the Interislander ferry Kaitaki returned to Wellington Harbour yesterday morning after an elderly passenger suffered a suspected heart attack.
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