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Boudicca proceeding slowly towards Canaries after engine room fire

Boudicca proceeding slowly towards Canaries after engine room fire

Following a fire in the engine room on board Boudicca at around 4am on Sunday, sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that the ship is now proceeding towards the Canary Islands, at a slower speed than planned. Guests are being kept informed of the situation at all times.

There have been no injuries to any of Boudicca’s 784 guests and 356 crew members, and there is reported to be a good atmosphere on board. The ship’s Master has confirmed that at no point were guests asked to don their lifejackets and gather at the muster stations, as the situation was contained within the engine room by our crew members. Services are operating normally, and guests are enjoying the usual activities on board, both inside and out on deck (as is evident from the photographs on the ‘Home’ page of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ website at www.fredolsencruises.com).
 
A statement said, 'We are reviewing the itinerary and assessing the extent of the damage to the two main engines and electrical cables, and will make any repairs necessary at the next port of call. A revised itinerary will be advised in due course.
 
'The safety and well-being of all guests and crew on board Boudicca is Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s utmost priority, and we continue to liaise with the relevant maritime authorities.'
 
Boudicca is on an 18-night Cape Verde & the Canaries cruise, which departed from Southampton on  January 20, 2015. The ship sailed from Cadiz, Spain on January 24, 2015, and was scheduled to arrive in Arrecife, Lanzarote this morning, January 26, 2015.

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