22 Nov Engine Failure Ends Silver Cloud’s Cruise to Antarctica
The failure of a fuel pump and engine left the Silver Cloud adrift as it headed towards Antarctica on November 20, 2017, inning accordance with the Telegraph paper in London.
Power was supposedly brought back to the ship in about an hour, allowing the Silver Cloud to go back to Puerto Madryn in southeast Argentina for repair work. Nevertheless, the following day, Silversea concluded that the replacement fuel pump part would not be provided in time for the ship to travel to Antarctica.
The recently-refurbished ship was arranged to contact the Falkland Islands, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula on a 16 day exploration in between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. Rough weather condition had actually postponed the cruise, with the capital of the Falklands, Stanley, being left out from the travel plan.
The post describes that that the 23 year-old Silver Cloud went through substantial refitting, consisting of a 3 month refit at a shipyard in Malta, to transform it for polar exploration trips. The repair of the ship into a ice-class high-end exploration vessel is gone over in Silversea Cruises ‘Silver Cloud’ Undergoing Massive Refurbishment by Brad Anderson.
The unfortunate cruise cost the guests around ₤12,000(almost $16,000) each. The paper reports that “” Silversea will offer complete refunds to all guests, along with organising and spending for flights back to Buenos Aires and on to visitors’ airports of origin. It likewise provided over night lodging and expenditures in Buenos Aires, a refund of outside air fares, and a discount rate on future reservations.””
Thankfully, the engine failure took place in “” reasonably light seas. If the power failure took place in the “” infamously rough”” Drake Passage to Antarctica, the result “” may have been a lot more major.””
We have actually discussed near-disasters while travelling to Antarctica:
Power failures to little “” experience”” cruise liner present specific threats to the cruise guests and team. The waters in the South Atlantic are treacherous. The Clelia II(picture right) captured the world ' s attention in December 2010 when it lost the majority of its power after a wave smashed windows and handicapped its interactions system and hindered its propulsion system while it was attempting to go back to Argentina from Antarctica. The video of the little exploration ship bouncing helplessly on high waves into groaning winds is a should see. It made my list of the Top Five Worst Cruise Ship Disaster Videos.
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Paradoxically, CNN simply released a post promoting the bow-to-stern ice-class restoration of the Silver Cloud, costing $465 million, in How to turn a cruise ship into an Arctic luxury liner.
Picture credit: Leading – Richard Sidey through gtspirit.com; bottom – Jonbowermaster.com.