MS Nordnorge accidents and incidents

MS Nordnorge cruise ship
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Cabins
214

Length (LOA)
123 m / 404 ft

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  • fire – 2017
DateAccident
  23 November 2007Boat Rescue

On November 23, 2007, the ship responded to a distress call and aided MS Explorer (built in 1969 as "Lindblad Explorer") which struck an iceberg in Antarctica. Explorer's 54 crew and 100 passengers were rescued, but later the ship sank.

MS Explorer left homeport Ushuaia (Argentina) on November 11, on a 19-day Antarctic itinerary through Drake Passage. After visiting the Falklands and South Georgia islands, while navigating in Bransfield Strait and near King George Island (South Shetland Islands), on November 23 the ship collided with an iceberg. The collision resulted in a significant starboard hull damage (3,6 m / 12 ft long gash below waterline) and water ingress. The hull also had punctured and sliced holes along its shell plating.

The ship issued a mayday call at 4:24 am. The conducted rescue operation was by vessels of the Argentine Coast Guard and the Chilean Navy. From Chile was also dispatched MS Almirante Oscar Viel (1969-built icebreaker). In the operation also participated the nearby located cruise ships National Geographic Endeavour (Lindblad Expeditions), Ushuaia and MS Nordnorge (Hurtigruten). By 7:30 am, all passengers and crew were evacuated on Explorer's lifeboats. The evacuees drifted in open sea until about 10 am, when were picked up by Nordnorge. They were taken to King George Island (disembarked at Chile's Frei Montalva Station) from where were flown to Punta Arenas (Chile). The fly operation was conducted by the Chilean Air Force via two flights with Lockheed C-130 Hercules (4-engine military transport aircraft) - one on November 24, and one on November 25. Of all passengers, 70 were taken to Artigas Base (Uruguayan research station on King George Island). MS Explorer sank at 7 pm, approx 20 hours after the collision.

  30 January 2007Boat Rescue

On January 30, 2007, the ship helped its fleetmate MS Nordkapp which run aground in Antarctica. Nordkapp's all 294 passengers were evacuated and taken to Ushuaia (Argentina).

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