An­daman’s de­lay de­tailed

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

PANDAW founder, Paul Stra­chan has de­tailed “what went wrong” with the An­daman Ex­plorer, en­cour­ag­ing read­ers in a blog to “please have faith”.

The cruise line pur­chased the ship last year, ini­tially plan­ning to bring it into ser­vice last Jun but en­coun­tered many is­sues.

Stra­chan apol­o­gised for the “in­con­ve­nience suf­fered by those pi­o­neer­ing pas­sen­gers who booked” on the ves­sel and de­clared “the ship is now fully regis­tered and li­cenced, alas too late for the pas­sen­gers booked last sea­son”.

The prob­lems be­gan when the delivery com­pany stripped the ves­sel of any re­mov­able and saleable parts and when the ship fi­nally got un­der­way, “one thing af­ter an­other broke down”.

Af­ter spend­ing months in Ranong, Thai­land, get­ting the An­daman Ex­plorer ready for her first ex­pe­di­tion, the delivery voy­age re­vealed it needed the en­gines re­built, a new air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, new wa­ter mak­ers and sewage plant.

By Sep the ship was sea­wor­thy enough to sail to Sin­ga­pore for dry dock­ing and class sur­vey, where fur­ther en­gine prob­lems were en­coun­tered.

Fol­low­ing a se­ries of visa is­sues re­sult­ing in a cruise with­out Pandaw’s man­age­ment team, fur­ther me­chan­i­cal prob­lems and is­sues with port for­mal­i­ties, the cruise line can­celled all de­par­tures un­til Jan.

The com­pany then ran into is­sues with a sur­veyor’s in­spec­tion which was drawn out for eight weeks.

Stra­chan as­sured “Hav­ing spent on the re­fit three times what we paid for the ship I be­lieve we now have a fully func­tional ves­sel in top con­di­tion”.

The ship is pic­tured, to read the blog, CLICK HERE.

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