MS Nordkapp accidents and incidents

MS Nordkapp cruise ship


Length (LOA)
123 m / 404 ft

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  • ship grounding - 2007 (near Deception Island, Antarctica)
  • propulsion/power loss - 2001 (near Henningsvaer Norway
  • deaths - 2005 (crew)

30 January 2007Ship Grounding

On January 30, 2007, the ship ran ground near Deception Island (Antarctica).  No injuris were reported. The grounding resulted in serious hull damage (82 ft / 25 m long gash below waterline) and an oil spill. Around 760 liters of MDO (marine diesel oil) were spilled, reaching the island's coast.

All passengers were offloaded and transferred (via the fleetmate MS Nordnorge) to Ushuaia Argentina. The Nordkapp ship received temporary repairs, then was escorted by HMS Endurance (UK Royal Navy ice patrol vessel) to Argentina for full hull repairs.

27 February 2005Crew / Passenger Deaths

(overboard) On February 27, 2005, during lifeboat equipment testing, a male crew fell overboard. Two other crew rescued the man using another lifeboat. However, during the boat's hoisting (with all the 3 crew in it) its hoisting wire broke and the lifeboat fell back into the sea, dropping from ~20 m / 65 ft.

In the fall, 1 crew died, while the other 2 suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized. The accident occurred while the ship was in the open sea, and near Ornes Norway.

29 November 2001Propulsion / Power Loss

(CruiseMapper emailed report from Oliver Edvard Natas)

Nordkapp suffered an engine failure on the 29th of November 2001, outside Henningsvaer in Norway.

It was a full storm at the time, and the ship started to drift toward the shore. Onboard were 83 passengers and 43 crew members who shortly after began evacuation preparations. The passengers were gathered in the lifeboat which was launched to sea.

A Sea-king rescue helicopter came to assist and saw the vessel only 400 meters from shore.

The crew later managed to start up one of the engines, and then the second one, before they proceeded out to sea.

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