Passengers will face an extra three days on board Oceana as the ship undergoes repairs in Barcelona

Daily Echo: Oceana will undergo emergency repairs in Barcelona Oceana will undergo emergency repairs in Barcelona

PASSENGERS on a Southampton-based cruise ship will have to spend an additional three days in Barcelona as the vessel undergoes emergency repairs.

P&O has confirmed Oceana will spend an additional three days in the Spanish city after it sets sail tomorrow (Saturday).

In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft.

The company, which is based at Carnival House in the city, has stressed the damage has no impact on the safety of the ship, but repair work requires extra time in port.

It means calls to Alghero, Cartagena and La Courna have been replaced with an extended stay in Barcelona.

In the letter, Mr Edgington apologised to customers and wrote: “Oceana has developed an issue with the seal between the inside and outside of the ship that goes around the propeller shaft.

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“Rest assured, there is absolutely no safety issue whatsoever with us operating the ship. We think this has been caused by a foreign object getting into the seal and damaging it.

“As with any mechanical issue, we need to fix it as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.

“In order to make the required repair we require a specialist dive team to work on the shaft seals underwater who need around 70 hours whilst the ship is stationary in port to do this. The work will be taking place at the stern of the ship and will be clearly visible to passengers.

“Whilst having to take this decision we considered the impact this was going to have on our customers, and what we could do to make sure they still had a great holiday. We decided on Barcelona to make this repair because it is a fantastic city with lots to see and do with great bars and restaurants.

“Oceana will of course be fully functional whilst alongside in Barcelona, there will be no impact at all on the ship's services or programme of entertainment.

“I am really sorry that we have to do this, but our ships are like any piece of machinery, they do develop issues which need fixing whilst in service. Normally these can be undertaken without any impact on the cruise programme, but as this requires divers and 70 hours in port we had no other option but to get this done as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for P&O said: “Customers will receive a 25 per cent cash refund and a comprehensive programme of entertainment and shore excursions will be available whilst in Barcelona.”

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3:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

camerajuan says...

So, easing the aforementioned congestion problem which made people "panic" again?
So, easing the aforementioned congestion problem which made people "panic" again? camerajuan
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4:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Bring it back to 7 Dry Dock!
Bring it back to 7 Dry Dock! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

osasaint says...

Good decisión. There are worse places to be "stuck". Something similar happened to me and my family years ago on P&O's Cathay from Singapore to London (1969). The ship "developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft" after a storm around Cape Good Hope and we had to stay an extra day while they injected concrete into the seal. I imagine the technology is a bit more sophisticated now. Anyway ... Cape Town / Barcelona ... as I say, there are worse places to be 'stranded'.
Good decisión. There are worse places to be "stuck". Something similar happened to me and my family years ago on P&O's Cathay from Singapore to London (1969). The ship "developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft" after a storm around Cape Good Hope and we had to stay an extra day while they injected concrete into the seal. I imagine the technology is a bit more sophisticated now. Anyway ... Cape Town / Barcelona ... as I say, there are worse places to be 'stranded'. osasaint
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Fri 4 Apr 14

southy says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Bring it back to 7 Dry Dock!
would not fit number 7 dock is to narrow
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Bring it back to 7 Dry Dock![/p][/quote]would not fit number 7 dock is to narrow southy
  • Score: 0

11:12pm Fri 4 Apr 14

southy says...

In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft.

Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water.
He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack
In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft. Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water. He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack southy
  • Score: -8

12:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

X Old Bill says...

southy wrote:
In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft.

Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water.
He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack
Southy,
YOU know what he means, I know what he means.
By using simple language even the least knowledgeable passenger will know what he means.
If the letter had been personally addressed to you then I have now doubt that it would have used the correct terminology - but it wasn't so it didn't.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft. Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water. He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack[/p][/quote]Southy, YOU know what he means, I know what he means. By using simple language even the least knowledgeable passenger will know what he means. If the letter had been personally addressed to you then I have now doubt that it would have used the correct terminology - but it wasn't so it didn't. X Old Bill
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft.

Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water.
He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack
It's so unfair that he knows nothing but has become a company director when you constantly tell us that you know everything and you 'are where you are'.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft. Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water. He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack[/p][/quote]It's so unfair that he knows nothing but has become a company director when you constantly tell us that you know everything and you 'are where you are'. Torchie1
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Sat 5 Apr 14

espanuel says...

southy wrote:
In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft.

Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water.
He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack
Been looking in Google again have we.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: In a letter to passengers, firm director Christopher Edgington said the ship has developed an issue with the seal that goes around the propeller shaft. Heres a board director thats in a job where he knows extremely little about being on the water. He on about the Stern Gland (seal that goes around the propeller shaft) which in it self is not strange for the stern gland to repack[/p][/quote]Been looking in Google again have we. espanuel
  • Score: 4

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