Norwegian Crown cruise ship goes aground
June 8, 2006
The cruise ship Norwegian Crown of NCL went aground on a sandbank in the Dundonald Channel off Bermuda early yesterday morning (Wednesday).
Initial indications were that the ship had not suffered severe damage and was not taking water. Passengers were however being ferried ashore to Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, in the midst of heavy rain falling across the island.
There were also no reports of pollution from the ship and officials said they were hopeful of pulling the 34,000-gt vessel clear at the next high tide. Three harbour tugs are on duty to assist the cruise ship. The spectacle of the cruise ship aground has created a sudden new attraction for tourists and locals alike who are crowding all vantage points and causing traffic congestion.
Norwegian Crown is the former Crown Odyssey of Orient Lines which made a cruise to South Africa a few years back. She was again in the news recently with the report that the ship has been sold to Fred Olsen Lines and will be leaving NCL service in 2007.
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