Black Watch Fire – Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Off Madeira, Portugal Coast – Friday, July 1, 2016 a fire started in the engine room aboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch. The fire damaged three out of seven auxiliary engines. No injuries were reported from the 700 passengers aboard . Black Watch Captain Henrik Mattsson said that the crew extinguished the fire.
In a statement on their website Fred Olsen said, “Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that there was a fire on board its cruise ship, Black Watch, this morning Friday 1st July 2016, in the Auxiliary Engine Room, which was extinguished by the crew. There have been no injuries to guests or crew. The Captain is keeping guests fully informed at all times.
The ship is currently approximately 260 nautical miles from Madeira, having left Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Thursday 30th June 2016. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Funchal as originally planned, on Saturday 2nd July 2016, although at the revised time of 19.00 hours.
There are 696 guests and 365 crew on board, the majority of whom are British nationals. All guests will be compensated for loss of enjoyment and facilities during the power outage. Black Watch departed from Dover on Saturday 25th June 2016, on her 13-night ‘Portuguese Island & Cities’ cruise.”