Registered Owner: SAS Caroline 50 (COMPAGNIE du PONANT) - the company is a member of the French investment Group Artemis SA since 2015.
Entered service: 2010 - Gross tonnage: 10.944 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 224 - All berths: 264 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 142,10 m.- Beam: 18 m. - Draft: 4,8 m. - Drive: diesel/electric - 4 Wärtsilä diesel engines type 8L20 total output 6.400 kW.at 1000 rpm. - Propulsion: 2 Indar electric motors 2.300 kW.each at 186 rpm.- Max.speed: 17,4 knots - Service speed: 16 knots - Built: Fincantieri Ancona - Italy - Yard no. 6192 - Classification: BV.- Flag: France.
Sisterships: L'Austral (2011) - Le Soléal (2013) - Le Lyrial (2015)
|Passenger space ratio all berths: 41,45|
British forces based in the Falkland Islands responded to a distress
call by cruise ship Le Boreal from Ponant Cruises. The ship reported
suffering a major engine room fire, which caused the loss of all
power and left the ship drifting. A north-westerly gale placed the
ship in real danger of grounding on Cape Dolphin, East Falkland.The
captain ordered the ship, with 347 passengers and crew, to be
abandoned. According to one source familiar with the operation,
passengers were in lifeboats for up to seven hours. Additionally, he
said that the company tries to keep its ships close to each other in
remote areas, with the sister-ship, the Austral, also taking some
passengers.Working closely with the Falkland Islands Government,
British Forces enacted a major search and rescue plan.Two Royal Air
Force Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters were scrambled, along
with two other support helicopters, a C130 Hercules and a Voyager
aircraft for command and control. The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS
Clyde was despatched to the scene, as were Dutch tugs which support
British Forces in the Falkland Islands.In an operation coordinated
from Mount Pleasant, Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopters,
supported by British International and Bristows helicopters,
successfully winched 79 people from the deck of the Le Boreal and
from two life rafts in the water.All of these evacuees were brought
to the British Forces Base at Mount Pleasant where they received
care, clothing, food and medical attention. HMS Clyde assisted two
further lifeboats with over 200 evacuees on board, ensuring they
were brought to safety.All passengers and crew from Le Boreal have
been accounted for and are being looked after on the Falkland
Islands. The vessel itself is now in a stable condition and two
Dutch Tugs, under contract to British Forces, are now assisting to
bring the vessel alongside in the Falkland Islands for a detailed
assessment of her condition.
We responded with everything we had yesterday to assist in what was an extremely complex and hazardous rescue operation in difficult conditions but I am delighted that we can report all of the passengers and crew of the vessel are safe and well and the vessel itself in a stable condition. According to a statement of Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Cdre Darren Bone
Jan.15 -2016 Ship still has been positioned in Punto Arenas, Chile, while the extent of the damage was being inspected. The repair work has been complex to complete in South America and the ship will be transported back to a European ship yard, where repair work will take months to complete.Secured onto the semi-submersible heavy-lifting ship, Kang Sheng Kou and is expected to depart very soon. Repair work is scheduled to finish in May 2016.
Febr.22-2016 Ponant's Le Boreal which suffered a heavy engine room fire on November 18, 2015 near the Falklands Islands, leaving the ship without power, has been taken to Genoa where the luxury ship will be repaired and return to service by Fincantieri shipbuilding group under a turnkey contract
March 10-2016 Ponant's Le Boréal, undergoing repairs in Genoa following a November 2015 engine room fire near the Falkland Islands, is now scheduled to resume service May 24-2016.
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