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A massive boat with hundreds of travelers on board experienced a delay in departing due to an accidental release of what is thought to be soot into the ocean.
On Wednesday (1 November) evening, the scheduled departure of Carnival Magic from Grand Turk, the biggest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, was delayed due to an incident.
According to Cruise Radio, individuals such as crew members, line handlers, and local authorities were observed examining the release from multiple locations.
Chuck Richards, a passenger, posted photos on Twitter of a large dark area covering the sea from aboard the vessel with a capacity of 3,690.
He comprehended that the discharge resulted from a “short power outage” and originated from a “sophisticated cooling system.”
Mr. Richards subsequently announced that the vessel departed from the harbor at 8:46pm according to local time, which was over two hours past its originally planned departure time.
James Robinson, a fellow passenger, reported to Cruise Hive that there was a brief power outage lasting one minute. He stated that the power returned and everything appeared to be back to normal. However, there is now a large oil spill on the back of the ship. Robinson also noted that the officers on the pier seemed visibly distressed.
Although the departure time was delayed, the remaining schedule is not expected to be impacted. The distance from Grand Turk to the next destination, Amber Cove in Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic, is over 100 miles. The ship is scheduled to arrive there on Thursday morning according to local time.
The Independent has reached out to Carnival Cruise Line for additional details and has also contacted the Grand Turk port.
Carnival Cruise Line is a component of Carnival Corporation, the biggest cruise company in the world. It also houses other cruise lines like P&O Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, and Costa Cruises.
The cruise industry has promised to shift towards a more environmentally-friendly approach, but a recent report revealed that cruise ships released over four times the amount of sulfuric emissions into Europe’s air compared to all the cars on the continent last year.