Cruise ship with 233 passengers breached in grounding, Norway

Expedition passenger ship MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN with 233 passengers and 165 crew on board reportedly ran aground early in the morning Jan 12 off Risoya islet, south of Maloy, Norway, while en route from Honningsvag to Flam in Sognefjord, Norway, in stormy weather. It was probably, not as much grounding as bottom contact, the ship refloated by own means according to track, but reportedly, suffered hull breach, with controllable water ingress. The ship sailed to Maloy, escorted by a rescue boat, and was berthed there at 0240 UTC Jan 12, divers are to survey underwater hull and carry out necessary repairs.
Expedition passenger ship MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN, IMO 9813084, GT 20889, built 2020, capacity 528 passengers, operator Hurtigruten Expeditions.



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