COSTA ALLEGRA Towed By Fishing Boat

COSTA ALLEGRA without power in the Indian Ocean February 27, 2012. Photo courtesy India Navy, shot from a Dornier plane stationed in the Seychelles to assist defence of its territory against pirate attacks.

Following yesterday’s fire in the generator room that wiped out power on the cruise ship COSTA ALLEGRA in the Indian Ocean, the ship has been taken in tow by a French ocean-going fishing trawler.  The plan is to tow COSTA ALLEGRA, which has now power for lights and cooking facilities, to Desroches Island in the Seychelles.

There are 636 passengers and 413 crew members on COSTA ALLEGRA.  From Desroches Island, which has a small airport, the the passengers and most crew can be transferred to shore. Two tugs are on their way from Mahé (the largest island of the Seychelles) and are expected to meet the ship, relieve the fishing vessel and take over the tow to the island.

Desroches Island is the main island of the Amirante Islands, part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. It is located 230 km southwest of Mahé. Desroches has a population of about 50, a settlement in the middle of the northwestern shore, a small luxury hotel with 20 rooms in the south (the Desroches Island Resort which was built in 1988) and a paved airstrip.

For previous story and more details on COSTA ALLEGRA history click here.


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