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A massive boat with hundreds of people on board was postponed in departing due to accidentally releasing what is thought to be black carbon into the ocean.
The departure of Carnival Magic, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening (November 1st), was disrupted by an incident at Grand Turk, the largest of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
According to Cruise Radio, the discharge from different locations was being examined by crew members, line handlers, and local authorities.
Chuck Richards, a passenger, posted images on Twitter/X while on board a ship with a capacity of 3,690 people. The photos depict a dark mass covering the surface of the ocean.
He comprehended that the discharge was a result of a “short power outage” and originated from a “sophisticated cooling system.”
Mr. Richards updated that the ship departed from the port at 8:46pm according to local time, which was over two hours later than its originally planned departure time.
James Robinson, a fellow passenger, reported to Cruise Hive that the power had been out for a brief period of time, approximately one minute. He stated that it was quickly restored and everything appeared to be functioning normally. However, Robinson also mentioned that there was now a sizable oil slick on the back of the ship, which seemed to cause distress for the officers who were present at the pier.
Although the sailing is delayed, the remainder of the trip 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 and 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 port in Grand Turk.
Carnival Cruise Line is a division of Carnival Corporation, which is the biggest cruise company in the world and also owns other notable cruise lines like P&O Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, and Costa Cruises.
The cruise industry has continuously promised to transition to 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 atmosphere compared to all cars on the continent last year.
The source is independent.co.uk.