Expedition Ship Runs Aground in Antarctica
The ship was on it’s eighth day of a two-week cruise, exploring the Antarctic peninsula. The captain is hoping that high tide on Wednesday will dislodge the ship. The ship did not dislodge during high tide on Tuesday.
The Chilean and Argentine navy have dispatched the Spanish-flagged ship Hesperides and another vessel, the Clipper Adventure, to co-ordinate retrieval of the passengers.
Update: Feb. 18 & 19
Passengers of the M/V Ocean Nova have been safely transferred to the Clipper Adventurer. The Clipper Adventure is on its way returning to Ushuaia, Argentina.
The Ocean Nova was refloated yesterday after a third attempt. The ship will return to Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, where the 15-day voyage started. There, the ship will undergo a detailed inspection, looking for damage.
The ship originally ran aground when winds were high and pushed the ship into the rocky coast.
Posted on February 18, 2009, in Antarctica, News and tagged antarctic, antarctic cruise, antarctic expedition, Antarctica, antarctica cruise, antarctica expedition, ship accidents, ship aground, ship grounded. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.