The cruise ship Norwegian Star suffered azipod failure during a cruise in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia through the Great Barrier Reef. During the passage from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia, the vessel lost suffered technical failure in one of the two pod drives, but succeeded to dock at the port in the famous resort. However, the crew was not able to repair and the failed azipod, which means that cruise ship will be without full power and with reduced maneuverability on next voyages. The Master of the 2,240-passenger ship informed the passengers that will change itinerary the cruise and will head directly to Sydney, skipping trip to the Great Barrier Reef and call in Brisbane. The guests received 500 USD compensation at their onboard accounts, but were not happy because of the cancelled calls and changed cruise.
The people on board of the cruise ship Norwegian Star were never been in danger. The vessel has two azipods, which guarantee safety during cruises. However, this is second failure of the same pod drive, which in mid-December delayed the cruise of Norwegian Star and skipping several ports in Asia cruise. After this accident, instead of dry docking the vessel, the Norwegian Cruise Line hired board contractors to repair the failed instead of dry docking her.
The cruise ship Norwegian Star (IMO: 9195157) has overall length of 294.00 m, beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 8.20 m. The deadweight of the cruise ship is 7,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 91,740 GRT. The ship was built in Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.