’Spirit of Discovery’ suffers loss of power in heavy seas

2023-11-30T21:50:53+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Safety|

As a result of an investigation into passengers being injured on board the ‘Spirit of Discovery’ during a storm in the Bay of Biscay, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) concluded that the vessel had suffered a loss of propulsion.

This resulted in 100 passengers being injured – four of them seriously.

According to MAIB, the incident occurred when the ship’s propulsion safety system suddenly activated and turned the ship, resulting in the injuries to passengers. She then rode out the storm for around 18 hours, in high waves, before returning to Falmouth in the UK.

Vessel operator, Saga had offered to refund the cost of the voyage to all customers on board at the time of the incident.

The 2019-built, UK-flagged, 58,119 gt ‘Spirit of Discovery’ is owned by Saga Cruises V Ltd, managed by V Ships Leisure SAM of Monaco Ville, Monaco, according to Equasis.

Her P&I club is the UK Club and she is entered on behalf of Saga Cruises Ltd.

She has since recommenced her cruise itinerary.