Monday, March 23, 2009

Update on the Regent Voyager Problems

I have been in touch with Prestige Cruise Holdings and here is the info regarding the Regent Seven Seas Voyager:

Sometime after leaving Singapore the starboard pod shut itself down.  This is not a good thing, as it is an indication that something bad happened (past tense), so it is a "The damage is done, now what is the damage?" situation.  This caused the ship to sail at reduced speeds, hence its delayed arrival in Phuket.

Divers were sent down and found more than 10 meters (over 30 yards) of fishing net tangled around both the propeller and the shaft, which was removed.  One problem is, of course, how much more net is there inside the pod.  That is actually secondary to how badly whatever amount is logged in there.

When the ship arrives in Cochin, India divers will try to re-seat the seals on the pod and, hopefully, restart the propulsion motor (which, on a pod system is not the main engine). 

If it works then everyone will be very happy (though a few ports may be missed on this segment).  I, however, always keeping in mind the definition of a boat "A hole in the water, surrounded by wood, in which one throws money", am keeping my fingers crossed, but my expectations low.

As I get more information I will let you know.