Hybrid Cruise Ship Stranded After Engine Trouble

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Wednesday August 5, 2015

A cruise ship equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric engine and owned by Viking Ocean Cruises has been stranded in Port Tallinn since it lost power in an engine last week, The Telegraph reports

The Viking Star, which has been in service for just four monthswas was in the middle of a cruise travelling from Stockholm to Bergen when the incident occurred.

The company reportedly attributed the loss in power to "electric transformers in one part of the ship’s propulsion system," though did not release further details.

“This specific mechanical issue is highly unusual and all guests will receive compensation for the inconvenience," the company said in a statement. 

As a result, the remainder of the 15-day cruise was cancelled, while the ship's next cruise, scheduled for August 8, will be delayed by two days, according to reports

The Viking Star was launched in April, and is part of a strategy to use fuel-efficient vessels travelling at faster speeds to reach more destinations.

It was reported in 2013 that MAN Diesel & Turbo would be providing diesel-electric propulsion systems for the cruise ship company's new vessels.