Cruise & Maritime Voyages has revealed it offered to assist in evacuations on Australia’s Kangaroo Island amid the country’s ongoing bushfire crisis.
The line’s Vasco da Gama cancelled a call at the island township of Penneshaw on Saturday (4 January) as a result of the escalating blazes after being advised to do so by the South Australian Country Fire Service.
CMV then offered its ship, sailing a four-night South Australian Icons itinerary at the time, to authorities to assist with the evacuation of local islanders and tourists.
Despite being told the ship’s assistance was not necessary, CMV Australia guests contributed to the Australian Red Cross’s Bushfire Relief.
Local police have said Penneshaw and the nearby town of Kingscote are the only safe places for residents and holidaymakers as fires continue to ravage the island.
Vasco da Gama later arrived in Adelaide as scheduled on Monday (6 January).
Dean Brazier, managing director, CMV Australia, said the line’s "thoughts and prayers are with all those affected" by the bushfires.
He added: "We wish to thank our guests onboard for their patience and understanding of the itinerary change and imagine that they were in support of assisting the bushfire effort and those on Kangaroo Island.
"We would like to thank them for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented time."