Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Black Watch, this morning [Friday 1st July 2016), in the Auxiliary Engine Room, which was extinguished by the crew. There have been no injuries to guests or crew. The Captain is keeping guests fully informed at all times.
The fire has damaged three of the ship’s auxiliary engines, out of a total of seven, which generate electrical power on board. Some electrical power has now been restored to the ship. The four main engines are undamaged by the fire, but further investigations will need to be undertaken, before we attempt to restart them later today.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has advised the relevant maritime authorities, whilst a full assessment of the impacts is being made. We are taking all actions deemed necessary.
There are 696 guests and 365 crew on board, the majority of whom are British nationals. All guests will be compensated for loss of enjoyment and facilities during the power outage.
Black Watch departed from Dover on Saturday 25th June 2016, on her 13-night ‘Portuguese Island & Cities’ cruise. The ship is currently approximately 260 nautical miles from her next scheduled call, which is Madeira on Saturday 2nd July 2016, having left Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Thursday 30th June 2016. The weather conditions are good and sea conditions calm. Fred. Olsen will endeavour to make repairs en-route to Funchal in Madeira.
The safety of all guests and crew on board Black Watch is Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority.
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