Cruise ship 'carrying hundreds of Britons' forced to stop

A cruise ship believed to be carrying hundreds of Britons on a round-the-world trip has been forced to stop near the tip of South America after suffering mechanical problems, its owners said.

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The Black Watch vessel, which can hold 804 passengers, stopped near Isla Picton close to the Argentine border around 50 miles north of Cape Horn this morning, a spokeswoman for Suffolk-based Fred Olsen said, because of a "technical issue with the ship's steering gear".

"It was necessary to anchor the ship in order to investigate the problem, and this is now in the process of being rectified," she said.

Black Watch cruise ship. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"All the relevant authorities and port agent were informed of the need to anchor the ship in order to make the necessary investigations, and guests have been kept updated on developments throughout the day."

The ship is expected to continue its 114-night "South American and World Voyage" cruise after repairs are completed.Its next port of call is Valparaiso in Chile, where it is expected to arrive on February 15.

Cruise ship 'carrying hundreds of Britons' forced to stop

A cruise ship believed to be carrying hundreds of Britons on a round-the-world trip has been forced to stop near the tip of South America after suffering mechanical problems, its owners said.

The Black Watch cruise ship. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Black Watch, which set-sail from Southampton on January 14, has anchored off Chile while its steering gear is fixed, according to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

It is the latest incident to affect the voyage, with the company confirming a passenger died after falling overboard 70-miles off the coast of Brazil on January 30 as it made its way south through the Atlantic.

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