Cruise Ship Detained in Portsmouth

A cruise ship's been detained in Portsmouth by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Prince Albert 2 was due to set sail on a trip to Scotland last night.

It carries one hundred and 30 passengers - who pay around two and a half thousand pounds for the 10 day trip.

The vessel is a Bahamas registered passenger ship, operated by V.Ships Leisure (Monaco) in Portsmouth.

Richard Pellew, Area Operations Manager, Survey and Inspections, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said, "The safety aspect of the ship and those who are on board is always our primary concern. The inspection of the ‘Prince Albert II’ has raised two areas of concern overloading and the recording of hours of rest for senior officers. The MCA has a zero tolerance on crew fatigue, it is of grave concern that senior officers on board are seemingly not getting sufficient rest".

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