Arctic tours ship SJOVEIEN disabled, under tow in Svalbard waters

Arctic tours ship SJOVEIEN with 12 tourists and 10 crew on board suffered engine failure in the evening Sep 2 in Svalbard Archipelago waters, and requested assistance. Offshore tug POLARSYSSEL (IMO 9690949) took disabled ship on tow to Longyearbyen, same day. As of 400 UTC Sep 4, caravan was approaching Longyearbyen.
Exhibition ship SJOVEIEN, IMO 7739777, GT 331, built 1964, refurbished 2017, flag Panama, owner CESAM REDERI AS.



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