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Allegra delayed at sea, tow refused

2012-02-29 21:26

Victoria - A Seychelles government minister says passengers aboard a disabled cruise ship will spend 10 to 12 hours longer at sea than was needed because a French vessel pulling the ship refused to give way to tugboats from the Seychelles.

Joel Morgan told the Associated Press that the cruise ship Costa Allegra probably would have arrived in port on Wednesday night local time if the tugs had been allowed to take over.

The cruise ship instead is now set to arrive around mid-morning on Thursday. Morgan, the transport minister, said the Seychelles is not happy that the financial objectives of the French vessel was put ahead of the well-being and safety of the passengers.