MEXICO CITY (appro). – On June 25, a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship, the Norwegian Sun, with 3,000 people on board, collided with an iceberg in Alaska.
The vessel was sailing to the Hubbard Glacier when it hit a “growler” (a small iceberg). The ship had to return to the port of origin to be repaired.
The cruise ship suffered damage to its starboard bow, according to a statement from the Coast Guard, La Nación reported.
This vessel, 258 meters long and with a draft of more than 8 metres, entered service more than 20 years ago.
A Coast Guard team member and divers assessed the damage to the forward right side and determined the ship needed repair, it said.
They also ruled that she was seaworthy to return to Seattle, her home port. In the same statement they shared that no one was injured as a result of the episode.
According to a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson, the ship was en route to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier when it ran into an iceberg and collided with it. In addition, he noted that the craft was “shrouded in dense fog, which limited visibility and caused her to make contact with a growler.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has stated that an iceberg must be more than 16 feet above sea level and between 98 and 164 feet thick. Instead, the smaller pieces of floating ice are considered “growlers” or “bergy bits.”
After the collision, the ship sailed to Juneau, the capital of Alaska, to be evaluated in more detail. This decision was made to shorten the ongoing voyage and cancel the cruise schedule that was scheduled to start on June 30.
The ship returned to Seattle, at a reduced speed, where the passengers alighted.