Due to biofouling of the ship’s hull, the liner is not accepted at any of the New Zealand and Australian ports.
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The 800-passenger Viking Orion cruise ship, which left Wellington, New Zealand, at the end of December, has been in the open sea for more than a week, despite calling at several ports according to the statement. calendar.
The reason is that due to biofouling of the ship’s hull, the liner is not accepted in any of the New Zealand and Australian ports.
At first the ship was turned back at Christchurch and Dunedin, and then it was the turn of Adelaide and Hobart.
Tourists, most of whom are American, are extremely unhappy with the situation, and the cruise organizers are doing everything they can to prevent a scandal from breaking out.
“Viking works with each client individually to compensate for the change in itinerary and cruise plan,” said the ship’s navigator.
Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, fungi and algae in the submerged part of the ship. It is dangerous because there is a high risk of introducing exotic flora, including microflora, into a certain ecological system.
Biofouling testing is a standard requirement before a ship is allowed to enter a port. To fix the problem, you will need the professional services of divers who will clean the hull of the boat.