Three cruise ships failed to meet biosecurity rules for navigation and disappointed passengers


New Zealand officials asked the Orion cruise ship owned by Viking Cruises to leave the country’s waters part way through its cruise after finding small amounts of biofoul – plants, algae and small animals – that grow on ship hulls. Regulations are meant to prevent invasive marine species from destroying reefs. The cleaning must be carried out by a company recognized by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.


So Orion ship bypassed planned stops in Tasmania and New Zealand’s south island before arriving in Australia. Authorities then ordered the Viking Orion’s agent to have its hull cleaned before entering Australian waters too. Missing scheduled stops disappointed the passengers. All guests would receive a voucher equal to what they had already paid for use on any future voyages. New Zealand fisheries officials also stopped cruise ship Coral Princess entering the country’s waters in December for a similar motivation. Another cruise ship, Severn Seas Explorer was the third which didn’t meet the biofouling standards. Ships are only allowed to enter New Zealand if they obey to the strict biosecurity rules to meet the requirements. The management of biofoul is a common practice for all arriving international vessels.