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Branson Belle Cleared for Dockside Dinners

After windy conditions and a propulsion problem caused the Showboat Branson Belle to run aground in early December, the United States Coast Guard has cleared the ship to run its show schedule as planned for the week after Christmas--but it will have to stay ashore until the first week in January. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

The ship will board passengers for dinner and entertainment only from December 26th to the 31st. During that time, it will have to follow newly revised guidelines by the U.S Department of Homeland Security and the U.S Coast Guard. At that time, the ship will not set sail.Lisa Rau is a publicist for the Showboat Branson Belle. She says there’s one primary area that is keeping the boat docked for a few more days. “Well, certain areas are still under analysis. For example, the propulsion system. That’s still being analyzed and we’re working with a whole crew of marine experts and related personnel who are looking into that propulsion system,” says Rau. The boat will now require daily inspections. At this time, no changes have been made involving the weather guidelines of when the boat will sail. Rau says the coast guard has given the go ahead for the ship to set sail the first week of the new year. For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.