If there is one thing good that came out of yesterday’s fire on-board the Freedom of the Seas, it was that Royal Caribbean International (owners of the Freedom of the Seas), were happy with the local response to the fire. Click for pictures of the fire.

From The Jamaica Observer:

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Royal Caribbean International, owners of the cruise ship which caught fire earlier today in Trelawny, praised local authorities for their quick and efficient response to the fire.

The cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, was en route to the Falmouth cruise ship pier in Trelawny when a section of it caught fire.

Vice-president, cruise shipping and marina operations at the Port Authority of Jamaica, William Tatham, explained that, “earlier in response to the fire, local emergency services including fire and ambulance were placed on standby should their services be needed”.

He said the fire boat was also on its way to assist, however, the team was told to stand down as it was not needed due to the short duration of the fire.

He added: “I would like [to] commend the emergency services for their prompt response to the emergency even though in the end their assistance was not required as the crew on the ship had extinguished the blaze.”

“The owners of the vessel Royal Caribbean International have also praised the Jamaican response,” Tatham said.

In the meantime Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill said he was “very pleased that the emergency was well handled and that our visitors have been able to continue their vacation by visiting several of Jamaica’s world-class attractions”.

He said passengers have since disembarked and are on several scheduled ground tours to local attractions and places of interest.

Curated from: The Jamaica Observer


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