The cruise ship L’Austral, with more than 200 passengers on board, made unscheduled call at Bluff Harbour after hitting floating object in South Pacific. The vessel left port of Lyttelton in New Zealand on cruise in South Pacific for the Fiordland, but collided with drifting floating object southwest off the island. The ship L’Austra did not received breaches or any damages, but Master decided to make unscheduled call at Bluff Harbour for special survey and inspection. All the passengers on board of the vessel were disembarked and carrier on tour to Bluff’s town center, while the local authorities and crew made special survey of the ship. It was estimated that there were no breaches and no serious damages to the cruise ship’s hull and all people were released to board and continue their New Zealand cruise.
During the incident there were no injured people and no reported pollution. The vessel was not damages and the people were not put in danger at any moment.
The luxury cruise ship L’Austral (IMO: 9502518) has 132 cabins and two restaurants. The vessel has overall length of 143.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the luxury cruise ship is 1,441 DWT and the gross tonnage is 10,944 GRT. The superb mega-luxury vessel with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. The vessel is owned and operated by Ponant’s yachts.