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I’m sure many of my readers will already be aware of this, but there has been a fire in the engine room of Fred Olsen’s Boudicca. It seems she was drifting completely without power off the coast of Morocco for a while last night. The most recent details are that while the engines are still out of action, auxiliary power for lighting has been restored. Here’s a link to a BBC News story about it.

Obviously, I hope everyone on Boudicca is safe and that this will all end well.

Update: the following statement has been placed on the Fred Olsen Cruises website:

“Fred. Olsen Incident on Boudicca
Following a fire in the Engine Room on board Boudicca at around 4am on Sunday 25th January 2015, sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that the ship is now proceeding towards the Canary Islands, at a slower speed than planned. Guests are being kept informed of the situation at all times. There have been no injuries to any of Boudicca’s 784 guests and 356 crew members, and there is reported to be a good atmosphere on board. The ship’s Master has confirmed that at no point were guests asked to don their lifejackets and gather at the muster stations, as the situation was contained within the Engine Room by our crew members. Services are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities on board, both inside and out on deck (as is evident from the photographs on the ‘Home’ page of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ website at www.fredolsencruises.com). We are reviewing the itinerary and assessing the extent of the damage to the two main engines and electrical cables, and will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call. A revised itinerary will be advised in due course. The safety and well-being of all guests and crew on board Boudicca is Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority, and we continue to liaise with the relevant maritime authorities. Boudicca is on an 18-night D1502 ‘Cape Verde & the Canaries’ cruise, which departed from Southampton on 20th January 2015. The ship sailed from Cadiz, Spain on Saturday 24thJanuary 2015, and was scheduled to arrive in Arrecife, Lanzarote tomorrow morning, Monday 26th January 2015. Latest updates will be available on the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ website at www.fredolsencruises.com For any media enquiries, please call +44 (0)1473 292461.
Last updated: Sunday, 25th January 2015 at 19:09”

It’s good to hear that the incident wasn’t perhaps as serious as was first reported.

4 Responses to “Engine room fire on Fred Olsen's Boudicca (updated)”

  1. A.Reid says:

    Now let’s see. It’s 4 in the morning. In the North Atlantic .Every one of 1000 passengers in bed. Mostly elderly. There’s a fire in engine room of a 41 year old ship. which then becomes disabled and with power outage and list presumably from fire fighting water.
    And passengers are not called to muster stations ? and worse still allowed to sleep on.
    Something seriously amiss here.
    And then vessel tries to continue it’s voyage instead of making nearest safe port.
    Even more amiss
    Fred Olsen have some explaining to do and not the PR version above. This was a serious incident and not to be laughed off.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks for the comment.

      Well, it certainly seemed strange to me when I learned that they hadn’t called passengers to muster stations. But there again it’s the captain who is the most senior mariner on the scene, and who beats the decision-making responsibility. Without the information or experience that the captain had, I’m not going to judge.

      Fortunately, we don’t have to judge. Boudicca is registered in Nassau, Bahamas. I believe that the Bahamas Maritime Authority uses the services of the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch for accident investigation. Additionally, this cruise departed from a UK port and carried mainly UK passengers. I’m confident that the MAIB will undertake a thorough investigation of the incident, as a result of which the questions will be answered.

  2. Gary says:

    Fred Olsen Jnr. lives in Tenerife, not heard of him visiting Boudicca but he was on the ship on the 13th January when it last called at Tenerife !

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