A fire broke out earlier this week on the 150,000-ton Norwegian Epic at STX France's shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, where the vessel is under construction.
Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that it was notified by the shipyard that there was a fire in one of the Epic's provisioning areas on Deck 4.
UPDATE (2:35 p.m. ET): Industry watcher Seatrade has reported that a local public prosecutor in France has initiated a police inquiry into the Norwegian Epic fire following a complaint filed by STX that the blaze might not have been accidental.
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(5 p.m. EDT) -- Following the fire onboard NCL's new Norwegian Epic last week in the shipyard, an investigation has now been launched into whether the blaze was started deliberately.
In a statement, the shipyard -- STX France -- said that French authorities are looking into how the fire was started at its St. Nazaire shipyard on Monday night.
French authorities have launched an investigation into whether the fire that broke out on the Norwegian Epic earlier this week was arson.
Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Reba McEntire, will christen the company's newest ship, the Norwegian Epic in New York on July 2, 2010.
Ms. McEntire, who recently hosted the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, is also an avid cruiser and has taken several family cruise vacations, most recently on Norwegian Gem in the Mediterranean.
Norwegian Cruise Line has lined up a big name entertainer to christen its next ship: Country music icon Reba McEntire.
The two-time Grammy Award winner has agreed to preside over the July 2 naming ceremony for the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic -- the line's biggest ship ever.
(12:29 p.m. EDT) -- We're hearing reports today of yet another suspicious fire on Norwegian Epic at the shipyard -- the third in over a month and just days from delivery.
The latest event took place on Sunday afternoon, 6 June, when workers at the STX Europe shipyard in St. Nazaire and their families were visiting the near-completed, 153,000-ton ship. According to local newspaper Ouest France, some 17,000 people were visiting the ship over the course of the day and the fire, which started on Deck 8, meant that hundreds had to be evacuated. Nobody was injured.
French prosecutors -- according to reports in Ouest France and Fairplay Daily News, and on the Web site for trade magazine Cruise Business Review -- believe that the fire on Sunday was "almost certainly deliberate in origin."
The most talked about cruise ship this year, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, has been plagued with minor fires in the French shipyard where it's being built. And now French officials suspect arson.
The 153,000-ton ship, with such features as Blue Man Group, 21 restaurants and a giant waterslide, caught fire this week, making three fires in a month.