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Norwegian cruise ship hits iceberg in Antarctica

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 29 - 2007

Hurtigruten’s MS Fram (Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten) The Hurtigruten MS Fram carrying 318 passengers and crew drifted into an iceberg in the Antarctic causing damage to the ship. No passengers or crew were injured in the incident. Early reports indicate that the Fram had not hit the iceberg particularly hard and had only sustained superficial damage to the vessel.

According the the cruise line the accident was caused by engine failure and the crew was able to get the vessel’s engine started again outside Browns Bluff. “It was just after finishing a planned landing at Browns Bluff that the incident happened at 0930 local time and safety procedures were started and all passengers assembled,” according to Hurtigruten’s statement. 

It was then decided to go to the Chilean airbase Frei at King George’s Island where investigations of the damage and the reason for the engine trouble would be discussed, the company said. After this it would be decided whether the Fram would go directly to Ushuaia or continue the cruise with planned arrival in Ushuaia on January 2.

Launched in the spring of 2007, the MS Fram is the latest addition to the Hurtigriten (formerly known as Norwegian Coastal Voyage) fleet and is specially adapted for polar cruising.

This latest incident follows last month’s sinking of Canadian cruise ship MS Explorer. Interestingly, that ship’s passengers were rescused by another Hurtigruten ship, the MS Nordnorge.

Read ExpertCruiser’s earlier coverage of the MS Explorer here.

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