A cruise ship with ghost cruise liners on board is being hailed as a hero after stabilizers were deployed to keep the ship afloat.
The ship was carrying a crew of 30 people when the ship’s stabilizers started to fail around 1 a.m.
Tuesday, according to a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The boat was then unable to move due to the malfunction.
The crew managed to reach safety, but the ship was eventually damaged beyond repair.
The stabilizers are still in use on the ship, which was launched by the Japanese company Yuzuru Marine in May 2018.
The safety board said the stabilizers work by slowing the hulls movement.
“They stop the ship from moving, so the ship can remain in the water.
This is very important,” NTSB Chairwoman Lisa Monaco said in the statement.
“The crew had just taken off when they heard this sound, and the stabilizer did the rest.”
The stabilizer, which is called a “cave-type” or “mesh” stabilizer and was made by Yuzuriku, has been deployed on a number of ships, including the Princess Princess of Wales and the Carnival Cruises Blue Diamond.
The device, which costs about $100,000, is used to slow the ship during the water’s movement, reducing the risk of a catastrophic failure, according the NTSB.
“This is a life-saving device,” Monaco said.
“We don’t want a ship to fall overboard.”
The NTSB said the incident was investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japanese Navy, but that it did not require any additional measures.
“In light of the rescue efforts by the crew, the NTSC Board is requesting the Japanese government provide technical assistance to the U,S.
Government to ensure the safety of future such rescues,” Monaco’s statement said.