L'Austral accidents and incidents

L'Austral cruise ship


Length (LOA)
142 m / 466 ft

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CruiseMapper's L'Austral cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 264-passenger vessel owned by Compagnie du Ponant. Our L'Austral accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • ship grounding – 2017 (New Zealand, twice)
  • boat rescue - 2015 (the fleetmate Le Boreal near East Falkland Island), 2016 (tour boat sunk in Ilulissat Icefjord Greenland)
  16 March 2017Structural and Technical Issues

On March 16, 2017, while the ship was in the South Pacific Ocean, en-route from Port Vila (Vanuatu) to Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia), the current itinerary route was altered due to safety concerns in Sulu Sea (near Sabah).

The vessel was forced to skip Borneo and was rerouted to Philippines. The current cruise was cancelled (3 days early) to allow the mega-yacht to enter drydock in Manila Philippines (March 16-19) for full hull inspection and repairs after the two aground accidents in 2017.

After stopping at Rajah Ampat (Indonesia), the ship headed directly to Manila City, where all passengers were accommodated in 5-star hotels for 3 days and provided with complimentary land-based activities. The next scheduled cruise (March 19) departed on time, but from Manila instead of Kota Kinabalu.

  09 February 2017Ship Grounding

On February 9, 2017, the vessel hit rocks in Milford Sound (New Zealand). The collision resulted in only minor hull damages. The accident occurred while the ship was tendering passengers on Snares Island in January. Then it moved to Bluff NZ for repairs.

On February 11, NZ’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission boarded the mega-yacht in call port Dunedin NZ to check the navigation system.

  13 January 2017Ship Grounding

On January 13, 2017, while navigating in New Zealand, the ship hit a floating object and had to be diverted to Bluff Harbour for hull inspection. The vessel was en-route from call port Lyttelton NZ when collided with a drifting object southwest off South Island NZ.

The ship didn't received any major hull damages, but the Captain decided to call at Bluff NZ for initial inspection. All passengers were disembarked and provided with complimentary town tour. After the NZ authorities and crew made survey of the vessel, all passengers were allowed to board and continue on the voyage. No injuries or sea pollution were reported.

  14 August 2016Boat Rescue

On August 14, 2016, at ~1 am, there was a power boat sinking accident while the ship was anchored in Ilulissat Icefjord (Greenland). The tour boat was hired for a shore excursion and was carrying a total of 23 cruise passengers plus 3 crew. All were rescued by nearby boats. The cruise yacht was located ~100 m / 300 ft away and also launched inflatable boats for the rescue, No injuries were reported.

  18 November 2015Boat Rescue

On November 18, 2015, the vessel took part in the search and rescue operation, assiting the fire damaged fleetmate Le Boreal disabled in a major engine room fire accident. Following the ~7-hour long rescue operation, to L`Austral were transferred all evacuated passengers and crew. They were then transported to RAF Mount Pleasant (Royal Air Force station), where were provided with food, clothing, and medical care. Later, from Port Stanley, all passengers were flown back home.

In the conducted rescue operation were also involved UK Royal Air Force and Navy vessels. The Falklands' Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled 2 rescue plus 2 support helicopters, also one Lockheed C-130 Hercules (military transport aircraft) and one A330 Voyager aircraft for command and control of the operation.

The patrol vessel HMS Clyde and two tugboats were also dispatched to the area. A total of 79 people were hoisted from decks and from 2 liferafts in the water. HMS Clyde assisted another 2 lifeboats with over 200 people. All passengers and crew were accounted for. The disabled Le Boreal was soon secured by the tugboats and brought alongside in The Falklands for damage assessment.

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