ONE of Port Douglas’s largest reef vessels, Quicksilver 5, was forced to return to the marina when the engineer onboard noticed a mechanical error with one of the engines turbos on the way to the reef last weekend.
The vessel was carrying 160 passengers to the Great Barrier Reef last Saturday morning when the engine turbo broke and the skipper decided to return to the marina at 12.30pm.
Quicksilver managing director Tony Baker said it is not a regular event where a boat would be brought back into Port Douglas.
“In this circumstance the engineer on board and the skipper decided it would be best to bring the boat back to the marina,” he said.
“The passengers on board were offered lunch when they returned to Port Douglas and were all offered a full refund for their trip.
“The boat was repaired that evening and Quicksilver 8 was operating on Sunday morning.”