The Tui’s cruise ship Thomson Celebration lost power after engine failure, while leaving Grand Harbor in Valletta, Malta. The vessel was proceeding without assistance of tugs and pilots, being totally unsecured. After drifting around 100 m, the captain was forced to drop anchor to prevent collision with the harbor breakwater, which blocked fairway for about an hour. After the situation went under control, at the scene of anchoring arrived two tugs to secure the giant cruise vessel. However, the engine crew succeeded to restart the engines and to return the propulsion power. The ship was released to resume the voyage to Messina, as part of its Mediterranean tour.
“The cruise ship drifted for around 100 m before the captain was forced to drop anchor in order to avoid hitting the breakwater. At one point the cruise ship ended up parallel to the breakwater”, says official from Grand Harbor in Valletta. “Two tug boats helped secure the ship in order to stop it moving around with the currents”, added he.
The local authorities informed their Italian colleagues about the accident and cruise ship Thomson Celebration will be inspected at the next port of call. Fortunately during the accident, there were no injured people and no damages of the ship.
The cruise ship Thomson Celebration (IMO: 8027298) has overall length of 214.00 m, moulded beam of 28.00 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,243 DWT and the gross tonnage is 33,933 GRT. The ship was built in 1984 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in 1984 for Holland America Line (HAL) as the MS Noordam. The cruise ship is still owned by HAL, under long-term charter to the United Kingdom-based Thomson Cruises.