Le Boreal accidents and incidents
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- fire – 2015
|18 November 2015||Fire Accident|
On November 18, 2015, the vessel suffered a severe engine room fire accident resulting in total power loss, drifting, cruise cancellation and emergency evacuation of all passengers. The ship was in the South Atlantic Ocean. At ~2 am, while navigating near Cape Dolphin (East Falkland Island, The Falklands / Guerra de las Malvinas) it issued a distress call. A northwestern gale (strong winds up to 50 mph / 80 kph) posed real danger the disabled vessel to run aground on Cape Dolphin.
The ship was on 15-night Antarctica cruise (itinerary Nov 15-30) roundtrip from homeport Ushuaia Argentina. The itinerary had scheduled visits to South Georgia Island, Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island.
The Captain ordered all tenders, lifeboats and rafts to be lowered and all the 347 passengers and crew to abandon the ship. They were all evacuated and transferred to the fleetmate L’Austral. In the ~7-hour long rescue operation were also involved UK Royal Air Force and Navy vessels airlifting passengers from boats and rafts. All evacuees were 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. The cruise was officially cancelled. No casualties or injuries were reported.
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 conducted search and rescue operation.
The patrol vessel HMS Clyde and two Dutch tugboats (contracted by the British Forces) were also dispatched to the accident 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 cruise vessel was soon secured by the tugboats and towed to Mare Harbor (arriving ~1 pm on Nov 19) for damage assessment.
The Le Boreal ship was taken to Europe for repairs (at Fincantieri's shipyard in Genoa Italy) via the heavy-lift vessel Kang Sheng Kou. The vessel arrived in Punta Arenas (Chile) on January 9, 2016. In March 2016, the shipowner Ponant announced that the ship will resume service in May 2016.
After the repairs in Genoa, the cruise ship was back in service on May 24. 2016. Ponant originally planned an itinerary leaving from Lisbon Portugal (on May 9). However, the company decided the departure to be from port Greenock (Glasgow, Scotland) on May 24, as refurbishment works were also carried out at the drydocked ship.
On July 21, 2016, was released the accident investigation report by BEAmer (Bureau d'Enquetes sur les Evenements de Mer / investigating marine events).
Follows a detailed review of the fire accident.
The BEAmer report found that:
|04 January 2011||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On January 3, 2011, the shipowner Compagnie du Ponant announced the cancellation of the next itinerary (departure January 4) - an Antarctica cruise ship charter by Abercrombie & Kent (UK cruisetour company). The decision was made after the ship's technicians found signs of wear and suggested replacement of some propulsion system parts, as well as additional tests to be made.
Officially, the exact issue was not specified. The parts were replaced after the vessel returned to homeport Ushuaia Argentina.
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