Silver Explorer damaged in Antarctic

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Silver-Explorer.jpgThe luxury expedition ship Silver Explorer has been damaged by high seas in Antarctica. Its next voyage, scheduled to depart from Ushuaia on January 21, has been cancelled so that repairs can be made.
The vessel (seen above in the Antarctic and below on a visit to Dartmouth, Devon, last year) was carrying 133 passengers and 113 crew on a cruise to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
A statement from Silversea released today said the ship had “encountered heavy weather and sustained damage at approximately 1725 hours local time on January 12.
“The vessel has full power and control, with stabilizers in good working order.
“The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our paramount concern. No guests were injured but four crew members received minor injuries and were treated in the ship’s medical centre.
“The Captain has briefed all guests on the situation and resumed passage to Ushuaia during the afternoon of January 13.
“Guests have been able to keep in touch with their families via the ship’s Internet facility.
“It is anticipated that Silver Explorer will resume her normal Antarctic schedule with Voyage 7303, departing January 31.”
The 6,072-ton ship, formerly the Prince Albert II, was built in 1989 as the Delfin Clipper, and has a strengthened hull, specifically to allow it to operate among ice floes in the Polar regions.
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By | 2017-06-15T15:59:39+00:00 15 January 2013|Cruise news|0 Comments

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