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Hurtigruten cancels Antarctic sailing on MS Fram for repairs

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 1 - 2008

Hurtigruten’s MS Fram (Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten) Hurtigruten’s MS Fram is en route to Ushuaia for repairs after sustaining what the company described as minor damage from a brush against a glacier in Antarctica.

The collision occurred after the ship lost power for a brief period on Friday night. There were no injuries to the 247 passengers and 71 crew members. After the incident the ship went to the Chilean base on King George Island for an inspection.

Damage to the Fram’s lifeboat (Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten) Hurtigruten says the ship sustained damage to its starboard side lifeboats (see photo to right) after drifting into a glacier following the engine outage. The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Friday after passengers had returned from a landing at Brown’s Bluff.

The company announced that the January 2 voyage is canceled, but the Fram is set to return to service on January 10 from Ushuaia.

Hurtigruten did announce a compensation plan for passengers affected by the MS Fram’s shortened and cancelled sailings. The refund amount for passengers currently aboard is in the process of being determined with information to be released immediately after passengers are notified; in the meantime, they will be offered a 30% reduction of fares for a future sailing in Antarctic or along the Norwegian coast. Passengers booked on the cancelled January 2 departure will receive a full refund of the cruise and its components as well as 50% off future Antarctica or Norwegian Coastal sailings. Hurtigruten is making every effort to book all passengers on departures that run through February, 2008. Re-bookings with the discount must be made by April 1, 2008, are non-transferrable, and can be for 2008-2009 season.

For more information on the MS Fram click here.

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