luxury expedition ship L’Boreal was evacuated after an engine room fire, but
there were no casualties or injuries, according to its operator, Ponant.
incident took place around 2 a.m. on Nov. 18 as the ship was sailing near the
Falkland Islands as part of a cruise to Antarctica. The line said a fire "of a technical
nature" broke out in a compartment of the engine room. As a
precaution, guests were evacuated to another Ponant ship, L’Austral, which happened to
be positioned nearby.
The two ships are similar: each has a capacity of 264 passengers.
Ponant said the balance of the cruise has been canceled and passengers
are en route to Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, from where they
will be “directly repatriated."