Detained Cruise Ship Cleared for Departure

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Coast Guard has cleared a 637-ft. cruise ship for departure after it was detained for numerous discrepancies found during a recent routine inspection. A six-person examination team from Coast Guard Sector boarded the Clipper Pacific, a cruise ship home ported in the , at 8 a.m. Sunday to conduct a routine safety inspection. Upon entering the ship's master reported a gash about one inch in length on the left side of the vessel sustained prior to coming to port. Further investigation by the Coast Guard team identified the other 66 discrepancies such as fire safety, lifeboat damages and life jacket issues on the vessel. This inspection lasted from Sunday morning to Tuesday evening. All but four minor discrepancies have been addressed. The Clipper Pacific is carrying approximately 1,200 passengers and crew members. The passengers are free to choose whether or not to continue to sail with the vessel. The cruise ship was inbound from when it was stopped by the Coast Guard.

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