Cruise ship blackout triggered media overreaction

Cruise ship VASCO DA GAMA with some 830 passengers on board suffered a two-hour “controlled precautionary blackout” on Adelaide approaches early in the morning Dec 6. According to a statement from Cruise & Maritime Voyages. “An alarm light on the engine control room’s panel led the vessel’s officers to initiate a controlled blackout as a precaution against damage to systems on-board and in order to investigate the alarm. All precautionary post-incidents checks were completed with no causes for concern identified.” After power was restored, the ship safely reached port, and was berthed at around 1000 LT.
Media and social media coverage seems to be overly dramatic to a level of parody:
the situation was “quite serious”
“We’re drifting. We’ve got no power, no water, no toilets, no cooking, nothing”.
“It’s like a ghost ship. There is not a sound to be heard”
“Shot of Vasco da Gama from the news chopper. Passengers telling @9NewsAdel “Fiasco De Gama” is listing at 15 degrees & more tug boats are on their way to help” – where is list on the photo?

Don’t you worry so much, guys. Here are some good news – first is, cruise ships and cruise tourism are to be eliminated, as too harmful and polluting industry, even in a blackout mode; second – we’ll be able to enjoy blackouts right at our homes without bothering ourselves with cruises, real soon. Listen to COP25 Madrid, UN Conference on Climate Change – they’re doing their best to plunge us commons into a constant worldwide blackout. No need to board cruise ship, to get a feeling of a ghost ship.

Cruise ship VASCO DA GAMA, IMO 8919245, GT 55451, built 1993, flag Bahamas, operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages, capacity 1258, crew 557.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.