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Ocean Explorer Cruise Ship Successfully Assisted Off Grounding In Greenland

Ocean Explorer cruise ship successfully assisted off grounding. SunStone, the Florida-based owner of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship, has reported the successful assistance of its vessel.

Kenzo Norman
Sep 14, 2023438 Shares15626 Views
Ocean Explorer cruise ship successfully assisted off grounding. SunStone, the Florida-based owner of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship, has reported the successful assistance of its vessel.
The ship was successfully aided by the Tarajoq, a Greenland research vessel that had been involved in several earlier attempts to refloat the cruise ship.

A Safe Resolution

SunStone emphasized that there were no injuries to any person on board, no environmental pollution, and no breach of the hull. In a press release, the company stated that it had also arranged additional tug assistance but has since stood down on this front.
There have not been any injuries to any person on board, no pollution of the environment and no breach of the hull.- SunStone, the Florida-based owner of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship
The company expressed its gratitude to charterer Aurora Expeditions and all the passengers for their cooperation during this unexpected and challenging circumstance.
While the company did not specify the port to which the vessel and its passengers would be moved for assessment, it is a crucial next step in the process. Passengers will then be flown back home.
We would like to thank our charterer Aurora Expeditions as well as all their passengers for an excellent cooperation in this unexpected and difficult circumstance.- SunStone, the Florida-based owner of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship
The vessel and its passengers will now be positioned to a port where the vessel’s bottom damages can be assessed, and the passengers will be taken to a port from which they can be flown back home.- SunStone, the Florida-based owner of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship
Despite the challenging situation, passengers aboard the Ocean Explorer maintained a positive outlook. One passenger humorously mentioned that the main concern on board was running out of alcohol. Others spoke about their swimming skills, jokingly considering swimming back to Iceland if needed.
People going off the ship.
People going off the ship.

Danish Military's Involvement

The Ocean Explorer had made several unsuccessful attempts to free itself from tidal currents in the past few days, according to Denmark's Joint Arctic Command (JAC).
It was during high tide that the fishing research vessel Tarajoq, owned by the government of Greenland, attempted to dislodge the cruise ship but was unsuccessful.
The JAC confirmed that a larger Danish naval vessel, the Knud Rasmussen, was dispatched to assist but faced a lengthy journey of 1,200 nautical miles to reach the cruise ship.
Danish military personnel boarded the cruise ship early in the process and confirmed that all 206 people aboard were in good health. The Ocean Explorer, purpose-built for expedition travel to remote destinations, ran aground in Alpefjord in Northeast Greenland National Park, approximately 870 miles northeast of Greenland's capital, Nuuk.
Thankfully, there were no injuries or reports of anyone in danger during the grounding. The ship remained stuck even after a high tide on Tuesday failed to lift it sufficiently to free it.
Despite the difficult circumstances, the atmosphere on the ship remained positive, and there were no indications of serious damage to the vessel's foundation.

Ongoing Efforts And Contacting Nearby Ships

An inspection vessel, the Knud Rasmussen, was en route to the grounded cruise ship and was expected to arrive on Friday morning. Danish authorities also reached out to nearby ships to assess their ability to assist in freeing the Ocean Explorer.
A fishing vessel owned by Greenland's government was scheduled to arrive and attempt to use a high tide to dislodge the cruise ship.
The Ocean Explorer, built in 2021, is an Infinity-class vessel designed to accommodate 134 passengers. According to Aurora Expeditions' website, it was purpose-built for expedition travel to the world's most remote destinations.
Greenland, a semi-sovereign territory of Denmark located in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of just 57,000, is known for attracting tourists with its rugged landscapes and vast ice cap covering much of the island.
Despite this incident, Greenland continues to draw travelers seeking its unique and breathtaking natural beauty.

Final Words

The successful assistance of the Ocean Explorer cruise ship by the Greenland research vessel Tarajoq marks the resolution of a challenging situation.
SunStone, the ship's owner, has assured the public that there were no injuries, no environmental damage, and no hull breaches during the grounding.
Passengers, despite their unexpected ordeal, maintained a positive attitude, with some even light-heartedly joking about their situation.
As efforts continue to assess the ship's condition and free it, the incident highlights the resilience of both the vessel and the passengers aboard.
Greenland, with its stunning natural attractions, remains a compelling destination for travelers despite this temporary setback.
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