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    Costa really are having a bad year;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17183134

    An Italian cruise ship with more than 1,000 people on board is without power in the Indian Ocean following a fire.

    The Costa Allegra is adrift more than 200 miles southwest of the Seychelles, near Alphonse Island.

    The ship is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.

    Costa Cruises said in a statement that the fire broke out in the electric generators' room. It did not spread and there were no injuries or casualties.

    Inspections of the state of the engine room are on-going, the company says.

    Ship immobilised
    Tugs and "other naval and aerial units" will reach the ship, which has sent out a distress signal, Costa Cruises says.

    Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard told the BBC that it took the crew a few hours to extinguish the fire.

    Although the ship is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are no problems for the passengers, he said

    The Seychelles' maritime authority is sending a ship, power boats and aircraft to the Costa Allegra because she cannot move.

    They probably need to tow the ship to a Seychelles port, he said.

    There are 636 passengers and 413 crew on board the Costa Allegra, which left Madagascar on Saturday.

    It was due to arrive in the Seychelles on Tuesday.

    The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 January.

    The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. He denies any wrongdoing
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  • #2
    Does anyone happen to know if they have D/E or Main propulsion and generators? In my experience, cruise ships tend to have D/E, which powers PMs. In which case, if their D/E's are all out, then they would be on emergency supply, (hopefully their Emergency gen is working) But that would still mean their pax would be without all the mod cons.....???

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    • #3
      She's a converted container ship. Bizarre idea but explains why she looks "wrong" for a passenger ship. Engines were all replaced during conversion but don't know whether the new setup is diesel-electric. I suspect not. If the generator compartment is a mess there won't be any primary electrical power, nor electrical services for the main engines, hence drifting without propulsion or service electrical power.

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      • #4
        You would have to wonder just how much bad publicity one brand can take.

        First the Concordia, then the rehashing of all the other recent Costa fauxs pas, now this. Would you book a Costa cruise this week?

        Apart from the financial implications of a possibly huge salvage claim.

        If I were mr. Costa, I would be out there myself painting the funnels of all my remaining ships the brightest shade of not yellow that I could find..
        Go out, do stuff

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        • #5
          I expect Carnival will quietly rebrand them once the dust has settled.

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          • #6
            am i right in thinking that "costa" are a carnival brand? in which case it would seem that the best course of action is, as steve said, just change the name. also, if i didn't think a cruise sounded like hell anyway, i would book one, bound to be some deals!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Clanky View Post
              You would have to wonder just how much bad publicity one brand can take.

              First the Concordia, then the rehashing of all the other recent Costa fauxs pas, now this. Would you book a Costa cruise this week?

              Apart from the financial implications of a possibly huge salvage claim.

              If I were mr. Costa, I would be out there myself painting the funnels of all my remaining ships the brightest shade of not yellow that I could find..
              I'm looking into buying some of their shares actually...
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              • #8
                well they do say buy low sell high. They went down to ?18.58 just after the Concordia incident, rose back to ?19.97 and since the latest incident they're back down to ?18.24 a share.

                Courtesy of google finance

                You can make a capital gain of ?10,600 this tax year before paying any capital gains tax!
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                • #9
                  Is it illegal to buy shares in one of my clients companies?
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                  • #10
                    Not unless you have insider knowledge that the rest of the market wouldn't have that might seriously affect future share prices. Most companies have a blackout period for employees trading shares just before announcing their results.
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                    • #11
                      @ CD well put

                      Its very rare for anyone to be prosecuted for insider trading though, (market manipulation). If the FSA took it seriously, most of the hedge funds would be out of business. (In my humble opinion)
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                      • #12
                        Blackout period? I don't quite follow sorry.

                        Also, the FSA won't go after the big hedge funds as they'd be at it all day and wouldn't have time for meetings, meetings, tea and scones whereas I am a one man band....
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                        • #13
                          As in a period when employees are banned from trading shares.
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                          • #14
                            As a resident of Birkenhead, and someone who's brother is employed by the Cammell Laird ship yard; I sincerely hope the "Costa" company get what's coming to them.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by billwillis View Post
                              As a resident of Birkenhead I wouldn't shout that too loudly, I hear what you lot get up to over there, and someone who's brother is employed by the Cammell Laird ship yardDo they ever respond to ANYONE's emails?; I sincerely hope the "Costa" company get what's coming to them That would be Carnival then eh?.
                              bloody sodding character count...
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