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So the ship had a blackout - no big deal - happens all the time.

A few days ago a large RCC cruise ship blacked out departing Wellington NZ.

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I totally agree with SeaDog on this one - apparently the skipper shut off the power systems as a safety precaution. Wise thing to do. I think that it must have been a hell of a slow news day to get the amount of coverage here that it received. I mean, really, "ghost-cruise-ship", for goodness sake.

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Yes I agree the media are so ignorant & full of sensational rubbish.

To refer to the master of a ship as a skipper is an insult - for all spend many years studying to achieve there high positions in the maritime industry.  He would certainly had nothing to do with the engine shut down. The shutting down of the operating generators would have been automatic as it has to be fast to stop any damage occuring. Restarting cannot start until the Chief Engineer knows what caused the shut down.  When the problem is known they can restart but it takes time.

In my 45 years at sea I experienced  many power blackouts but most were resolved quickly,  Even the one on Pacifc Dawn on my first recent cruise was sorted quickly & they had one generator up & running within 10 minutes. 

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