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Italian coastguard, Seafarers’ Association on cruise ship incident



(27 Feb 2012)
Mombasa, Kenya
1. Set up shot of Andrew Mwangura, Head of the East Africa Seafarers Association
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Mwangura, Head of the East Africa Seafarers Association
“The fire is under control and all crew members are safe and the passengers also are safe according to what we have heard from Seychelles and the Seychelles coast guard is heading to where the ship is so they can help to salvage the passengers and crew members. You know the fire happened, or the accident happened 240 nautical miles from the Seychelles so it is somewhat far away from the Seychelles but they will manage to be there and help them as well as to tow the ship to Seychelles.”
3. Cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Andrew Mwangura, Head of the East Africa Seafarers Association
“Right now I think they are already down there, so maybe to take them to Seychelles it will take time cause towing will take time, but transfer the crew and passengers it will take… Cause it’s just to transfer them to other salvage vessels and then to send them back home, back to Seychelles. But towing the other ship which is on fire will take time because it’s a slow operation.”
Rome, Italy
1. Set up shot of Captain Filippo Marini, Italian coast guard spokesman, inside emergency room at Italian coast guard headquarters in Rome
3. SOUNDBITE (italian) Captain Filippo Marini, Italian coast guard spokesman:
“The Costa Allegra (cruise ship) departed from Madagascar sailing towards Mahe’ (the largest island of the Seychelles) in the Seychelles islands and had a problem on board, a one of the three generators on board caught fire. The fire was extinguished and there are no risks for the passengers at the moment.”
4. Close up of Marini’s uniform
5. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Captain Filippo Marini, Italian coast guard spokesman:
“As we speak, our master control room is in constant contact with the Seychelles maritime authority and is giving the best possible assistance. It (the Seychelles maritime authority) sent two towing boats that will arrive tomorrow around 1600 (local, 1500 GMT) and a rescue boat. A plane also flew over the ship and verified that the situation on board is under control.”
6. Close up of Marini’s uniform
7. Wide of emergency room
STORYLINE
A fire in the generator room of a cruise ship on Monday cloaked more than 1,000 people in darkness and set the vessel adrift in a region of the Indian Ocean where Somali pirates have been active, officials said.
No casualties were reported, but the accident aboard the Costa Allegra occurred about six weeks after the Concordia, another Italian cruise ship owned by the same company, capsized off Italy,
killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead.
“The fire is under control and all crew members are safe and the passengers are also safe according to what we have heard from Seychelles,” said Andrew Mwangura, the head of the East Africa Seafarers Association.
Tug boats from the island nation of Seychelles were steaming to the powerless ship, which was carrying 636 passengers and 413
crew members.
But the tugs were not expected to reach it until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, and a top Seychelles military official said he could not yet say when the cruise ship might be brought back to port.
“Our master control room is in constant contact with the Seychelles maritime authority and is giving the best possible assistance,” said Captain Filippo Marini, an Italian coast guard spokesman.
Costa Crociere SpA, which is based in Genoa, Italy, said in a statement that its ship was about 20 miles (12.5 kilometres) from
Alphonse Island, one of the atolls in the Seychelles, a nation of islands and atolls that is a popular tourist destination.

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