Pride of America Floats Again
February 16, 2004
The ship, which in January took on water during a severe storm, had been resting on a sea bed in 11 meters of water, listing at about 15 degrees. A company specializing in salvage operations began Friday morning to pump out some 40,000 – 50,000 tons of water.
The 81,000-ton, 2,100-passenger Pride of America, slated pre-flooding to launch in late April, has been delayed indefinitely – and now, at drydock, actual damage assessment can begin. Complicating the repair process, somewhat, is the fact that shipyard Lloyd Werft has filed bankruptcy as a result of payment issues from NCL that revolve around the ship's flooding.
Earlier, NCL had issued a statement saying it "is moving forward with its plans to complete the U.S.-flagged, U.S.-crewed Pride of America notwithstanding the shipyard's financial restructuring. The ship is heavily insured under a policy to cover the damage from last month's shipyard accident."