A Fred Olsen cruise ship carrying more than 1,000 passengers on an 18-night excursion, lost power off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco after an engine room fire.
No guests or crew were injured when the engine Room of The Boudicca, travelling from Southampton to Lanzarote, caught fire in the early hours this morning.
“Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Boudicca, at around 4am on Sunday 25th January 2015, when she was sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco.
“The fire was in the Engine Room, but has now been extinguished, and no guests or crew have been injured. Guests’ services have now been restored, and guests have been kept informed of the situation at all times.
“Boudicca is carrying 784 guests and 356 crew members. The ship is currently under way, with three auxiliary engines running, and two main engines, and we are now reviewing the itinerary to get the ship back on schedule.
“Following the loss of propulsion system, Boudicca listed for a short period, but is now fully stable, and there is no danger to guests or crew. The safety of all guests and crew on board Boudicca is Fred.
“Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority, the ship will liaise with the relevant maritime authorities, should any need emerge. Boudicca is currently on an 18-night D1502 ‘Cape Verde & the Canaries’ cruise, which
departed from Southampton on 20th January 2015.
“The ship sailed from Cadiz, Spain on Saturday 24th January 2015, and is scheduled to arrive in Arrecife, Lanzarote tomorrow morning, Monday 26th January 2015.”