Update: Fire on Norwegian Epic at Shipyard

May 6, 2010
Update, 5:30 p.m. EDT: STX Europe reportedly told U.K.-based maritime news source, Fairplay, "it is unsure whether it will be able to deliver Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic next month as planned" after the fire onboard. However, a Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman tells us that there's no new information today regarding the fire and reports of possible delays are speculative.

A shipyard spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. We'll keep you posted.

(May 5, 4 a.m. EDT) -- A fire broke out onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's new-build Norwegian Epic at STX Europe's shipyard in France on Monday night.

The cruise line confirmed in a short statement to Cruise Critic this morning that it had been notified by the shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, that there had been a fire in one of Norwegian Epic's provisioning areas on Deck 4 late on Monday.

Cruise industry trade magazine, Cruise Business Review, is reporting on its Web site that the fire started just after 11 p.m. local time aft on deck 4 below the galley and damaged mainly wiring. The site says that firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the vessel and it is is likely to be delivered on 15 June as scheduled.

The ship (pictured, during earlier sea trials) is due to debut in the U.K. in late June after a cruise from Rotterdam; it will then set sail on a seven-night transatlantic cruise, Southampton to New York, departing on June 24.

Cruise Business Review is also reporting that work has now resumed on the 153,000-ton 4,200-passenger ship, apart from the fire-damaged area.

NCL told Cruise Critic that a full investigation is taking place to determine the cause and extent of the damage.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor