Norwegian Crown cruise ship pulled free

June 9, 2006
Author: P&S

The cruise ship Norwegian Crown was successfully pulled clear of the sandbank near Hamilton in Bermuda on which it was grounded on Wednesday morning.

With the assistance of three harbour tugs the 34,242-gt cruise ship was pulled clear on the evening high tide the same day and has since been taken to Dockyard for inspection of possible damage.

According to a statement issued by NCL, the operators of the vessel, Norwegian Crown was under pilotage at the time of the grounding, which coincided with a period of heavy rain across the island. There were no injuries among the 1,100 passengers and more than 500 crew.

The ship is expected to resume its return journey to Philadelphia where she is expected on Sunday.

NCL recently sold the ship to Fred Olsen Lines who will take over operation of the vessel from the end of 2007.



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