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Cruise Ship Passengers Stranded Off Australia Coast Because Of Fungus

Hundreds of passengers have been stranded on a cruise ship off the Australian coast after a potentially harmful growth was found on its hull, Elsa Maishman and Matt Murphy reported for BBC News.


Photo Insert: The Viking Orion was reportedly denied permission to dock in Adelaide after authorities discovered "biofoul" - an accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or small animals.



The Viking Orion was reportedly denied permission to dock in Adelaide after authorities discovered "biofoul" - an accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or small animals.


This can allow invasive species to be imported into non-native habitats. Officials said the ship's hull must be cleaned before entering Australia. Previous reports suggested the growth was a fungus, but this was not confirmed by the Australian fisheries department.



The department said the management of biofoul was a "common practice for all arriving international vessels" and that the ship had to be cleaned to avoid "harmful marine organisms" being transported into Australian waters.


"Professional divers were engaged directly by the vessel line/agent to clean the hull while at anchor outside Australian waters," it added.


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The ship was also reportedly denied permission to dock at Christchurch, Dunedin and Hobart. Kenn Heydrick, a passenger, said they had not been able to leave the ship since 26 December. Four scheduled port stops had been missed, he said, with the next due in Sydney on January 4, 2023.


"The intensity of frustration and anger is growing among passengers," he said.


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"The majority of passengers are trying to make the best of things and enjoy extended time at sea. But it is the excursions at four ports that we were looking forward to, and now are greatly missed."



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