Cruise ship stranded for hours after suddenly losing its propulsion and auxiliary engine power

The U.S. Coast Guard says a cruise ship that became disabled off the Massachusetts coast is docking in Rhode Island and must be inspected before it can continue on its way to New York.

The Star Pride carrying 351 people became stranded at about 3.15pm Friday in Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard. 

After becoming disabled, the ship was said to have drifted for about two miles as its pilots were said to have been worried about dropping anchor on undersea cables that provided power to nearby Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, the MV Times reported. 

The Star Pride was stranded off Massachusetts for several hours after suddenly losing power to its engines. Power was eventually restored with no injuries reported

The Star Pride was stranded off Massachusetts for several hours after suddenly losing power to its engines. Power was eventually restored with no injuries reported

The Star Pride was stranded off Massachusetts for several hours after suddenly losing power to its engines. Power was eventually restored with no injuries reported

The US Coast Guard responded and sent a tugboat to escort the ship to Newport, Rhode Island

The US Coast Guard responded and sent a tugboat to escort the ship to Newport, Rhode Island

The US Coast Guard responded and sent a tugboat to escort the ship to Newport, Rhode Island

At about 4.45pm, however, the pilot was forced to drop anchor for safety reasons. While the Coast Guard did not believe that any of the undersea cables were hit, they acknowledged that it was difficult to know for certain since nautical maps don’t reveal the exact location of the cables.     

‘We felt some vibrations, and the vibrations last five to 10 seconds, and then we lost propulsion power and all the electrical power,’ passenger Jose Kirchener told Boston 25 News

The US Coast Guard responded and tweeted that the 376-foot (115-meter) ship was anchored and had regained power after 5.30pm.  

Windstar Cruises, which operates the Star Pride, said in a statement that the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines.

The cruise operators said that the passengers and crew were never at risk and that, ‘During the time the ship was without propulsion, the Star Pride was on emergency generator power including power to navigational equipment and essential safety systems as well as basic comforts for the passengers and crew,’ according to NBC Connecticut

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'We felt some vibrations, and the vibrations last five to 10 seconds, and then we lost propulsion power and all the electrical power,' passenger Jose Kirchene said. passenger on board are seen above

'We felt some vibrations, and the vibrations last five to 10 seconds, and then we lost propulsion power and all the electrical power,' passenger Jose Kirchene said. passenger on board are seen above

‘We felt some vibrations, and the vibrations last five to 10 seconds, and then we lost propulsion power and all the electrical power,’ passenger Jose Kirchene said. passenger on board are seen above

Windstar Cruises, which operates the Star Pride, said in a statement that the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines. Stranded passengers seen above

Windstar Cruises, which operates the Star Pride, said in a statement that the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines. Stranded passengers seen above

Windstar Cruises, which operates the Star Pride, said in a statement that the ship experienced a loss of cooling water for the engine systems, causing an automatic shutdown of the propulsion and auxiliary engines. Stranded passengers seen above

Windstar Cruises said the cause of the shutdown was identified and addressed.

The company said all ship operations, including propulsion, have returned to normal. Guests were being served dinner.  

No injuries were reported. 

The Coast Guard said a tug boat, the Buckley McAllister, was escorting the vessel to Newport, Rhode Island, where it will be docked overnight for an inspection.

Coast Guard Capt. Chris Glander said the inspection ‘will ensure the safety of the passengers and crew’ before they continue on to New York City.

There were 191 passengers and 160 crew members on the ship.

The ship is on a 17-day cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland, to New York.

It had been scheduled to depart New York on Saturday for a cruise to Montreal.

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