Grounded Icebreaker Refloated in Canadian Arctic

By ,   August 25, 2018 ,   Accidents

A passenger ship which ran aground Friday morning, August 24, in the Far North was refloated.

Andrea Beaubien, spokeswoman for One Ocean Expeditions, said Saturday morning that Akademik Ioffe icebreaker had “come afloat” and all its passengers were safe and cared for.

Beaubien hadn't immediate information about whether the vessel sustained any damage when it ran aground in the western Gulf of Boothia close to Kugaaruk, Nunavut.

Two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers headed to the area to provide assistance. In a media release, One Ocean Expeditions said that Akademik Ioffe’s sistership, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, offered support and assistance.

Akademik Ioffe icebreaker

There has been no report of environmental concerns.

The captain has reported the accident to the relevant territorial and federal agencies.

For other Akademik Ioffe icebreaker accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.