Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Clelia II Cruise Ship Breaks Down In Antarctica

Clelia II Cruise Ship Breaks Down In Antarctica - A CRUISE ship carrying 160 people on a return trip from Antarctica lost power in one of its engines today in rough weather, the Argentine navy said.

Crews were later able to fix the problem and the ship was sailing to the world's southernmost city Ushuaia in high seas with its passengers unharmed, it added in a statement.

One of the cruise ship's engines had broken down and caused what the navy termed as "serious ... handling limitations," but causing no risks to its passengers and crew.

Clelia II Cruise Ship Breaks Down In Antarctica

The vessel, described on the Polar Cruises website as a refurbished, ice-strengthened, all-suite luxury cruise ship, telephoned its emergency to a search and rescue coordination center in Ushuaia, 3200km south of Buenos Aires.

The engine failure occurred midday on Tuesday (local time) about 845km south of Ushuaia in the Drake Passage, where the ship faced stormy conditions including winds of 90km/h.

"There are no risks [to passengers or crew]," a navy official said at the time.

The Clelia II set sail from Ushuaia on November 30 on a week-long cruise to the Antarctic continent.

Clelia II Cruise Ship Breaks Down In Antarctica

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