All posts tagged Indian Ocean

The Costa Allegra, Moving Slowly to Shore

The Costa Allegra, the cruise ship that stalled in the Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire broke out in the engine room, is being towed by a French deep sea trawler to Victoria, the capital of the island country of Seychelles. The ship, which is owned by Costa Cruises, is being pulled at a speed of six knots (about seven miles per hour) and is expected to reach land early Thursday morning. Two tugs boats from Seychelles were originally sent to the vessel, which was drifting without power in an area of the Indian Ocean known for pirate attacks, but efforts to add a tug boat to help with the towing operation were unsuccessful, leaving the task to the French trawler alone. Read more [...]

The Costa Allegra, Adrift in the Indian Ocean

The Costa Allegra, a cruise ship with over 1,000 people on board, is adrift without power in the Indian Ocean after a fire broke out in the engine room earlier today. Once the fire, which has now been extinguished, was started, a distress signal was sent out. Rescue efforts are underway as two tug boats, a motorboat, and a plane from the island country of Seychelles are en route to the imperiled vessel. The earliest assistance is expected to arrive by tomorrow morning. Currently, the ship is upright and stable, and emergency generators have kept the ship's communications equipment running, according to an official from Costa Crociere (known as Costa Cruises in English), the cruise line to which the Costa Allegra belongs. Read more [...]