Vasco da Gama Loses Power Off Coast of Australia
An alarm light on the engine control room’s panel led the vessel’s officers to initiate the controlled blackout as a precaution against damage to on-board systems. Cruise ship passengers stucked at sea for several hours.
The Nassau-based Vasco da Gama was carrying 828 passengers and about 600 crew on its voyage from Sydney to Adelaide when an alarm was triggered in the engine control room about 5:30am. The captain then made the decision to switch off power to the entire ship about two nautical miles from port, prompting concerns the vessel had started to lean, or list in nautical parlance.
The vessel is operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) Australia. Vasco da Gama is the first cruise ship to call at Wallaroo, a port town on the western side of Yorke Peninsula, 160 kilometres northwest of Adelaide.
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