April 3, 2003
P&O Australia's Pacific Sky (nee Princess Cruises' Sky Princess), which was detained by maritime authorities in New Zealand after returning to Auckland with severe taking-on-water issues, has received permission to resume sailing. The 1,550-passenger ship, which in mid March was on its way to Tonga when it was discovered it had taken on 160 tons of water, aborted that itinerary and returned to Auckland. There, it spent two weeks at Auckland's Devonport Naval Base while repairs could take place. Among the problems were significant rust in a water-escape duct that was so severe the hull had parted from interior walls. The ship has been reinspected by New Zealand's Maritime Safety Authority and the Lloyds classification society and has been given the go-ahead to resume sailing. Pacific Sky, which had missed one other voyage beyond the first one due to the repair work, has set off for an itinerary that includes Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.