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Cruise ship sets sail from Avonmouth

Hundreds of cruise ship passengers are on their way to Scandinavia for a Northern Lights Cruise many feared wouldn't happen.

Their ship, The Discovery, was impounded last week after concerns were raised over it's safety management systems. Hundreds of passengers missed their holiday then and were refunded.

Thankfully, it's a different story for those on board tonight, as David Woodland reports:

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Cruise ship prepares to leave Avonmouth

Passengers on board the MV Discovery today Credit: ITV West Country

A cruise ship which was impounded at Portland last week because of safety fears is preparing to sail from Avonmouth later today.

More than six hundred passengers were sent home from the MV Discovery when their cruise to see the Northern Lights was cancelled.

The ship has now passed a number of safety checks and is expected to set off from Avonmouth this evening.

Cruise cancelled as ship is impounded

A Cruise Ship that had been due to sail from Avonmouth last week has been impounded in Dorset, leaving hundreds of passengers without a holiday. The Discovery should have set sail for Norway with travellers looking forward to seeing the Northern Lights.

But the vessel has been detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Passengers have contacted us to express their anger. Richard Payne reports.

Written statement from company

Passenger comfort and safety is of paramount importance to both Cruise and Maritime Voyages and All Leisure Holidays, and sincere apologies have been made to all the 657 passengers who boarded the 'Discovery' and lost out on this unique cruise.

A significant compensation package and full refund has been provided.

Owners and their technical manager's efforts are now focused on ensuring the 'Discovery' is in top shape for its next scheduled cruise on March 15."

– Patrick Adamson, company spokesman

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Cruise liner to stay in dock

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a statement following its inspection of the Discovery cruise liner in Portland, Dorset.

It says that the vessel will stay put until safety issues over drills and training have been addressed.

Following inspections on Friday 1 March, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a Detention Notice on the passenger ship Discovery, preventing the vessel from sailing at this time.

This will remain in place whilst the owners and crew undertake revisions to their safety management system."

– MARITIME & COASTGUARD AGENCY

Inspection found safety issues

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told us that officials went on board the Discovery at the end of last week as part of a routine inspection, and found a number of issues with 'safety management systems'.

This related to crew familiarisation of the ship and training.

The MCA ordered that the vessel should remain in place until the owners had made a number of improvements.

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