Luxury cruise ship L’Austral struck rock at Milford Sound

L'AustralThe luxury cruise ship L’Austral struck rock while entering Milford Sounds. The vessel was with pilot on board and was leaving the port en route to Dunedin, but allided with undefined underwater object at the fairway. The ship suffered slight hull damages and dents, but without reported breaches and water ingress. After the accident, the luxury cruise ship L’Austral resumed the voyage to Dunedin, where successfully arrived and docked. The accident was reported to the local authorities, who requested special survey and underwater inspection. It was estimated that accident caused slight hull deformation and no serious damages.

The root cause of the accident is under way. According to crew and pilot, the vessel was en route through the Milford Sounds in the fairway, when the allision occured. Fortunately there were no reported injuries and serious damages during the incident.

In January, the cruise ship L’Austral hit floating object in South Pacific. The vessel with with more than 200 passengers on board, made unscheduled call at Bluff Harbour, but was estimated that there were no reported breaches.

L’Austral (IMO: 9502518) is luxury cruise ship operated by the French cruise line company Compagnie du Ponant. The vessel was built in 2010 at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard, Italy. The luxury cruise ship L’Austral has overall length of 142.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,441 DWT and the gross tonnage is 10,944 GRT. The ship has capacity for 264 passengers with 132 cabins and suites.