Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Disabled Costa Allegra: Cruise Liner Towed Toward the Seychelles

The disabled luxury cruise ship Costa Allegra, which carried more than 1,000 passengers and crew when it caught fire in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean, is being towed toward the Seychelles by a French fishing vessel.

The ship, which became adrift Monday without power more than 200 miles from the Seychelles island nation off the eastern coast of Africa, is being towed by the large French ocean fishing vessel Trevignon in the direction of Mahé island, according to Genoa Costa Crociere headquarters.

Costa Cruises said that the ship, now traveling at 2 knots, is expected to reach land by Thursday morning. The ship's maximum speed in normal circumstances is 22 knots.

The plan for the stricken vessel changed today. It was originally being towed to the small island of Desroches before officials realized Desroches lacked the necessary security conditions for mooring the ship and guests' disembarkation. Desroches, a favorite vacation spot for Prince William and Kate Middleton, is less than two miles by one mile in size and has one luxury $1,500 per night resort with 48 rooms and villas.

"The situation could change because we are not talking about a normal navigation," a Costa spokesman said today, adding that "emergency electrical supply is working for lighting, not for air condition, refrigeration or other ship services."

Two tugs, which will allow for an increase in speed, were approaching the ship today.

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