Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Black Watch, on 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.
Two main engines are now fully operational, and the ship is en-route to Funchal, Madeira. We are hopeful that all four main engines will be under way shortly. The weather conditions are good and sea conditions calm. We will continue to work to restore full auxiliary power on board.
The ship is currently approximately 260 nautical miles from Madeira, having left Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Thursday 30th June 2016. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Funchal as originally planned, on Saturday 2nd July 2016, although at the revised time of 19.00 hours.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines did advise the relevant maritime authorities at the time of the incident.
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 safety of all guests and crew on board Black Watch is Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority.
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