Overloaded cruise ship impounded in Portsmouth

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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A cruise ship detained in Portsmouth was overloaded by 100 tonnes, the Maritime And Coastguard Agency revealed.

Officials stopped Bahamas-based Prince Albert II in Portsmouth for 24 hours in May.

A report released yesterday by MCA said officers found 18 deficiencies on board the V Ships Leisure ship, four of which gave grounds for detention. These included the vessel being overloaded to the point the port and starboard 'load line' marks were submerged.

The report also says the ship's lifeboats were 'not ready for use'.

Other problems found included infrequent staff breaks, three unsafe emergency routes in case of fire, and an air bubble in the ship's magnetic compass.

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