November 23, 2015
Cruise Ship Accidents - Maritime Casualties - Cruise Ship
Le Boreal Fire
The cruise ship Le Boreal suffered a fire on November 18,
2015 while in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands. No
passengers were reported to be seriously injured as the
ship issued a distress call near Point Dolphin. Passengers
from the 10,000 ton cruise ship were in lifeboats for up to
seven hours. The captain had ordered the evacuation of
347 passengers and crew.
The engine room fire on the Ponant Cruises ship resulted
in a loss of all power, leaving the cruise ship drifting.
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported as
the passengers were moved to safety on the Falkland
Islands. Source: http://www.cruiseindustrynews.
In terms of accidents on cruise ships, fires can be caused
by the ignition of flammable or combustible materials,
such as solid materials, fuel oil, or lubricants. In this
accident, the fire broke out in the engine room, as was
the case with the 2013 fire aboard Carnival Triumph in the
Gulf of Mexico.
It is very fortunate that major operation was conducted
without serious injury to any of the cruise ship’s
passengers in light of the difficult conditions of a north-
westerly gale put the vessel in danger of grounding on
Cape Dolphin in East Falkland. The efforts of British forces
and the Falklands Government made possible the
successful rescue operation that resulted in the safe
evacuation of everyone aboard the cruise ship.
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