MV EASY CRUISE LIFE. Photo (c) Peter Knego 2008
MV OCEAN LIFE (ex LEV TOLSTOY, NATASHA, PALMIRA, THE JASMINE, FARAH, EASY CRUISE LIFE) developed a crack in her hull on the return leg of her maiden voyage with some 400 passengers and 134 crew on board.
The ship, which just began a season of Indian coastal cruises, sailing between Mumbai and Goa with Blue Ocean Cruises, was some 17 nautical miles off Goa when the crack began to open on the port side. Water entered the hull creating a list of 5 degrees. The Indian Navy and Coast Guard swiftly jumped to action and three tugs returned the distressed ship to the Mormugao port in Goa by 4am local time. During the rescue operation, passengers and the crew remained on board the vessel.
MV OCEAN LIFE has now been moved to the Western India Shipyard for repairs.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, grew up in the British port of Southampton inspired by maritime culture and technology. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his photography has been exhibited in New York, LA and London.The LA Maritime Museum has commissioned and collected his photography. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. His exhibition STRANDED (twilight of the ocean liner) was also published as a catalog.
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