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MSY Wind Song Fire December 1, 2002

Windstar Cruises (Carnival Corp) MSY Wind Song Fire 127 Passengers - 92 Crew Members Aboard

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MSY Wind Song Fire December 1, 2002

Windstar Cruises (Carnival Corp) MSY Wind Song Fire 127 Passengers - 92 Crew Members Aboard

Windstar Cruises' MSY Wind Song was a four-masted cruise ship sailing in French Polynesia with 127 passengers and 92 crew members aboard when a fire broke out in the engine room around 0300 hours on December 1, 2002. .

The passengers were mustered and then sat waiting in the lifeboat for two hours, before abandoning ship. Several boats came to the rescue of passengers and crew after an explosion rocked the boat around 0500 hours and the captain gave the order to abandon ship. The rescue was primarily performed by a ferry in the area. Rescued passengers and crew were transported to a nearby island, Paiate.

The French Navy put the fire out aboard Wind Song, then towed the disabled cruise ship to Papeete. Under inspection at Papeete, it was discovered that the damage was too extensive to repair. Carnival Corp, owner of Holland America Line, which was the owner of Windstar Cruises decided the cost of repairs to Wind Song and the alternative option of scrapping Wind Song were not viable options, when considered in addition to the pending cost of the cruise ship rescue at sea by the French Navy.

The French Polynesian government seized the Wind Song due to the pending costs associated with the rescue. Agreement between the French Polynesian government and Carnival Corp resulted in a plan to scuttle the Wind Song at sea, where it would sink and become an artificial reef.

On January 22, 2003, Wind Song was towed into the Sea of the Moon between Tahiti and Moorea and sunk in 9,843 feet of water.

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