Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Another small ship runs aground

ms Marco Polo
A Cruise & Maritime Voyages ship ran aground in a remote Norwegian fjord north of the Arctic Circle last night, suffering damage to its hull.

The 22,080-ton, 800-passenger Marco Polo was leaving Sortland, Norway, under the command of a local pilot when the ship struck a previously uncharted rock.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and Marco Polo immediately returned to the port for a damage assessment. Following inspection, preliminary repairs were made to the hull, and the ship was cleared to carry on with the remainder of its 14-night cruise.

This grounding follows recent grounding events with Hurtigruten Kong Harald and Lindblad's National Geographic Sea Lion.

Read full report at Cruise Critic