The Carnival Splendour found itself adrift in the Pacific because it had no electricity due to a fire inside the machines room
The tugs VB Corsario and VB Chihuahua tugged during 2 days the touristic boat till arriving to the coast of San Diego
The tugs VB Corsario and VB chichuahua, belonging to the fleet of Boluda Towage and Salvage, division of Boluda Corporación Marítima, tugged last Wednesday the American cruise Carnival Splendour, who was adrift after staying with no electricity due to a fire inside the machines room.
The cruise started in Long Beach (California) last Monday to make a touristic circuit during 7 days in several places of the Mexican Riviera like Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. The incident took place at 220 km west of Ensenada and caused the fact that the boat stayed adrift during 2 days because the electric systems got out of order, and then the passengers had no air-conditioned, no hot water and as well as problems in the shortage of supplies of food in good conditions.
Both tugs of Boluda assisted urgently the touristic ship. This cruise ship was built in 2008, it is the biggest one of the Carnival Cruise Line Company, it is 290 meters long and it is more than 35 meters of beam and a weight of 113 000 tons. The quick action of the mechanism and the technical characteristics of the VB Corsario and the VB Chihuahua (with 80 and 70 tons of pull to a fixed point, respectively and 6400 and 5470 horsepower) were decisive for the success of the operation and got not too much in time. Yesterday night both tugs completed the maneuver of the rescue of the cruise ship damaged docking finally in the port of San Diego.
The VB Chihuahua and the VB Corsario belong to the fleet of tugs that Boluda Corporación Marítima has in Mexico. The service of tug is in the origins of Boluda, the company created in 1920, being nowadays the world leader of this maritime activity.