Ship That Promotes Responsible Travel Found To Be A Fire Trap

[New York Times] The Clipper Pacific, a 637-foot ship carrying about 975 passengers and just over 300 crew members on a round-the-world voyage that started in Japan in May, reported hull damage on Sunday as it approached New York, its next scheduled stop after Greenland.

The Coast Guard did a routine inspection on Sunday, and found at least 60 more safety problems, mostly fire hazards, said Cmdr. Gregory Hitchen, the Coast Guard’s chief of operations for the New York area.

The ship is affiliated with Peace Boat, a nonprofit group based in Japan that works to promote peace, human rights and responsible travel, among other issues, according to its Web site.

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