HOLD IT! Hours before Barbadians welcomed the Queen Mary II, another cruise liner, the European Vision, was seized by marshals of the Supreme Court for outstanding debts.
A visiting cruise ship, European Vision, has been arrested in the Bridgetown Port, leaving more than 2 000 passengers and *crew stranded.
The Barbados Port Authority (BPA) confirmed last night that the ship was served with a warrant of arrest at the harbour yesterday by the Chief Marshal of the Barbados Supreme Court. The Chief Marshal was acting on behalf of a French economic interest group, GIE Vision Bail, against the charterers of the ship, Festival Grociere Spa.
A statement from the BPA said: “The action relates to a claim from creditors against the charterers in the amount of 7.5 million Euros (about BDS$19.27 million).
“The Genoa-registered European Vision arrived from St Lucia and was scheduled to sail at 6 p.m. for Antigua. However, because of the legal action, the authority has agreed to reposition the ship at the Flour Mill dock pending resolution of the matter. This was done just before 7 last night.”
The 1 385 passengers and 657 crew, the BPA added, were being allowed to remain on board until arrangements could be made for them to be flown out of the country.
“In the meantime, the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, the Barbados Port Authority and the Barbados Tourism Authority are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and comfort of all on board,” the BPA statement said.
The 3 156 tonne, 824-foot European Vision is under the command of Captain Pietro Esposito.