Glitch causes Battlestar Galactica Coasters to close at Universal Studios Singapore
Breaking News - According to news reports yesterday, the Battlestar Galactica coasters in Universal Studios Singapore, one of the blockbuster attractions, is instructed by the Singapore Police to halt operations after a technical glitch was discovered during a routine safety check in the morning. Nobody was hurt in this incident, and the ride is closed indefinitely until the issue/glitch has been resolved.
Official Statement posted by Resorts World Sentosa on their Facebook page
During our daily pre-opening testing this morning prior to opening to the public, we found a technical problem on one of the ride vehicles and we are investigating at the Battlestar Galactica attraction. In keeping with our commitment to employee and guest safety, the ride was immediately closed by Universal Studios Singapore and will not be operating until we determine the cause and solution. Experts from the ride’s design, engineering and manufacturing company are assisting our own experienced ride and show team in the inspection and any necessary action to resolve the situation. No one was injured and all proper authorities were notified, which is a standard Universal Studios Singapore operating policy.
Employee and guest safety is our number one priority at Universal Studios Singapore. Every ride or attraction meets or exceeds industry guidelines and undergoes construction inspections and approvals of Singapore regulatory agencies for theme park rides. Additionally, all rides goes through a daily series of detailed inspections and testing before the park opens to ensure that all of the ride’s safety systems are functioning properly. No ride will be operated at any time unless it has passed all daily inspections and tests.
At this time, the ride may be closed for several days or longer to perform a complete analysis. We understand some guests may be disappointed; however, the safety of our employees and guests remains our top priority.
While this is definitely very disappointing to those planning to visit the park, and even more so for people who have bought tickets in advanced hence unable to do a refund or change of date, we think that such safety issues should be treated with utmost attention.
Although no extra information (other than ‘technical problem on one of the ride vehicles’) was given at this point of time as to what is the technical glitch, one interesting note is that this is Vekoma’s (the builder of the ride) first suspended roller coaster design they have built. We hope this has got nothing to do with the roller coaster’s design and it is just a purely a technical glitch that could be resolved without any major overhaul needed. Nonetheless visitor safety should always never be compromised and we hope that the team does a thorough check before reopening the ride again.