An Italian newspaper is reporting that a tender boat has fallen off of Costa Mediterranea.
The tender, which is used to shuttle passengers from the ship to the shore in destinations where cruise ships have to anchor, was being lowered into the water when a cable is believed to have broken.
The incident occurred while the tender was being lowered into the water to carry guests from the ship to the fjord of Kotor in Montenegro.
According to Costa Cruises, no one was onboard the tender at the time and no injuries were reported.
A photo sent to Cruise Law News, shows the tender dangling over the side of the ship.
A statement made by Costa Cruises, read:
“Costa Crociere confirms that the Costa Mediterranea experienced a technical problem with one of the ship’s lifeboats earlier today during operations for lowering tenders, while anchored in Kotor as per planed itinerary. The safety of the ship and of its passengers and crew has never been put at risk, as the tender was not carrying any passenger or crew member.
All competent authorities have been informed, and the technical team is working to fix the problem and restore the situation.
As a consequence of the technical problem, the planned itinerary has been modified. The ship that was supposed to depart today, will remain anchored in Kotor also tomorrow while the call in Argostoli (Greece), planned for tomorrow, has been cancelled. From Kotor the ship is expected to depart directly for Corfu, thereby confirming the port of call planned for Wednesday August 26th.”
All guests over the age of 18 will receive €100 onboard credit as a gesture of goodwill and shore excursions for the extended time in Kotor will be offered at a 30% discount. Those who had booked excursions for Argostoli will be reimbursed.
A similar incident happened onboard Thomson Majesty in February 2013, which resulted in five people being killed and a further three suffering injuries.