P&O Cruises’ VENTURA ship sustained damage that required emergency repair in the Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic Ocean in October, according to NBC News. The cruise ship was carrying 3,100 passengers when a crack was discovered approximately two inches wide above the water line below the pool deck, according to reports. Apparently, the weld opened and the area was immediately taped off. The Bay of Biscay is located near the border of France and Spain.
“I suspect this has been a problem joint since it was built, but it has only just manifested itself,” commented one user on the Cruise Critic message board. “Stress fractures on steel are not unknown and there’s no way every weld can be checked during construction. It’s due for a refit, looks like an extra job is required.”
Cruise lines have a responsibility to inspect and maintain all cruise ships and uphold the highest safety standard. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the crack. If a ship that is unseaworthy is carrying passengers, the cruise line is responsible for any harm caused to passengers.
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, you have restrictions about where and when you can file a claim based on the terms agreed to upon purchase. Latti & Anderson LLP has secured damages for victims of cruise ship injuries in the past. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured.
Latti & Anderson, LLP—Boston maritime attorneys.