Cruise Ship scheduled to visit Newport on Sunday becomes disabled in Buzzards Bay, towed to Newport


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Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched Friday after the cruise ship, Star Pride, became disabled about two miles off the coast of Cuttyhunk.

The captain of the Star Pride called watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England at about 3:20 p.m., reporting the ship lost power and was disabled. Coast Guard crews and the Buzzards Bay Task Force launched and surrounded the vessel the ensure the safety of the passengers and crew of the ship.

The crew of the Star Pride was able to safely anchor outside the channel and regained power at about 5 p.m.


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The Coast Guard has ordered the vessel to have a Coast Guard inspection prior to completing its scheduled trip to Manhattan. Under tug escort, the Star Pride will moor up in Newport to await inspectors. Star Pride was scheduled to stop in Newport on Sunday, September 9th and again, on October 22nd.

“The inspections will ensure the safety of the passengers and crew before they conclude their voyage to Manhattan,” said Capt. Chris Glander, commander of Sector Southeastern New England in a press release.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation

The cruise ship has 191 passengers and 160 crewmembers aboard.

Units involved in the response include:

  • Station Woods Hole
  • Station Menemsha
  • Station Cape Cod Canal
  • Coast Guard Cutter Cobia
  • Air Station Cape Cod
  • Buzzards Bay Task Force

Photo: Close up footage of the cruise ship Star Pride in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, from Air Station Cape Cod’s HC-144 Ocean Sentry. Local Coast Guard units and the Buzzards Bay Task Force responded to the ship after it became disabled. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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