Grimaldi Cruise Ferry Suffers Propeller Breakdown

By ,   December 9, 2018 ,   Accidents

Cruise Roma ferry (owned by GRIMALDI LINES) has suffered portside propeller breakdown (propeller shaft, reportedly) early morning December 8, shortly after leaving Porto Torres (northern Sardinia Island, Italy), en route to homeport Barcelona.

In the afternoon ferry's crew managed to fix the problem, but the vessel headed for Civitavecchia (Rome) instead of Barcelona, docking in the port shortly after midnight on December 9.

Cruise Roma ferry

A total of 390 passengers had to be transferred to another ferry of Grimaldi Lines and taken to Barcelona.

Cruise Roma seemed to sail to Rome at full speed, so it's not clear why it cancelled itinerary, and travelers had to be moved to another vessel. Most probably propeller shaft deficiency required additional survey and shipyard repairs.