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BLUE OCEAN CRUISES: Ocean Life falters off India

Blue Ocean Cruises’ new Indian venture came to an abrupt end on 16 November 2010, when its newly-refurbished Ocean Life (1981/12,811gt) developed a crack on the port side of her hull, which resulted in water penetrating a number of lower cabins and causing the ship to list several degrees. She was only 90 minutes into the return leg of her inaugural cruise from Goa to Mumbai with 401 passengers and a crew of 134, none of whom were injured during the incident, which occurred 17 miles out to sea.

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard attended the vessel, which was taken in tow by three tugs back to Mormugao for repairs. Ocean Life was built as Lev Tolstoy, the third of seven cruise ferries from the Polish shipyard Stocznia Szczecinska, and recently sailed as easyCruise Life.

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