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    Some bad news this morning.

    The cruise ship, 'Vasco de Gama' which left Melbourne Wednesday evening is drifting off the coast of South Australia with no power.

    No toilets, lights, elevators, cooking or much else.
    There are about 900 passengers and the crew aboard and as one passenger told on a phone call to local radio station,
    'We boarded this ship In London for the trip of a life time'.

    She has since been able to get into Adelaide where she is now berthed waiting for repairs.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    Apparently she started to list 15 degrees!! As my husband said..... time to get off!
    I was on the Iberia many moons ago, outside Vancouver it too stopped and started listing (I believe that ship was known for doing that sort of thing)
    The lights went out and we were told to go to boat stations.
    When we went up there was thick black smoke everywhere. Eventually we were stood down, so we all trooped back to the bar where ciggie lighters were used to guide the waiters so we could carry on having a good time.
    We berthed the next day very late... I wasted no time disembarking ( I travelled light, cabin baggage only) to the derisive hoots of fellow passengers.
    Luckily I had bought Greyhound bus tickets back in OZ so I just took off for the next 3 months bussing . I originally had planned to "do" America on the way back home.....but hey I was flexible you can do that when travelling solo.
    When I told the Greyhound guy in New York how long I had been travelling that way he couldn't believe it.....thought all Aussies were nuts!
    True and proud of it.

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    I see from reports that one macho guy said 'it was an horrific experience mate' they were without lights and power from 0545 until mid morning, jeez bluey that must have been really traumatising especially in calm waters, better consult a specialist when you get home. Now if you want an experience try being on a 600' vessel with the first 300' buried beneath the waves, saying to yourself, c'mon girl you can do it, heaving a sigh of relief as the bow emerges into daylight and hundreds of tons of water race down the deck as the bow reaches for the sky and doing it time and time again on a passage across the North Pacific, a misnamed ocean.

    I suspect if the V de G had been listing 15 degrees then all kinds of emergency vessels would have been racing towards her, 15 degrees then you cannot launch your lifeboats on the high side.

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    According to the report I read online the alarm sounded on the Bridge and they took the decision to black the ship out in order to protect the engine. Something doesn't ring true.
    If it was a generator problem, which shut down or failed leaving a shortage of electrical power, there would be protection on the switchboard that would shut down the non essential services in order to protect the essential services.
    Makes you wonder?
    Vic

    PS according to the Marine Traffic website she was without power for over six hours.
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    Ivan I like your analogy of the situation.
    Crossing the Great Australian bight in what we thought at the time may well have been a sub the sea was so rough.

    But according to our news the bridge alarm told them there was an engine problem so all was shut down.
    We may in time get the full story, but hey just don't hold your breath on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    Ivan I like your analogy of the situation.
    Crossing the Great Australian bight in what we thought at the time may well have been a sub the sea was so rough.

    But according to our news the bridge alarm told them there was an engine problem so all was shut down.
    We may in time get the full story, but hey just don't hold your breath on that one.
    I would have thought the last thing you would do in heavy weather is to shut down the engine, assuming that there was nothing wrong it; maybe it was like that other one that shut down due to low lube oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Taylor View Post
    I would have thought the last thing you would do in heavy weather is to shut down the engine, assuming that there was nothing wrong it; maybe it was like that other one that shut down due to low lube oil?
    Tony from all the photos I've seen on various news reports and nautical sites, there was no bad weather, there was a wind blowing, looked like gentle breezes to me, which would cause a slab sided vessel to drift, but to describe it as an 'horrific situation' was laughable, mind you some people thinks its bad weather if spray comes over the I O W Ferry bow. I doubt it was a situation that put the ship in danger if it was a voluntary shutdown, no Master would take a decision that placed his vessel and all souls on board in danger, especially in these days of litigation where-in Masters have been jailed for actions of a 3/m or 3/E et al for making false entries in a record book..

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