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.