CNN in the US quoted an official with Bermuda’s Department of Marines and Ports saying nobody aboard Norwegian Dawn had been injured in the incident and the ship was not taking on water.
“Norwegian Dawn temporarily lost power as the ship was departing King’s Wharf, Bermuda. The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed. All guests and crew are safe,” spokeswoman Vanessa Picariello told media.
The rest was up to social media, with Twitterers and Facebookers sending tweets and posts hither and thither.
The ship freed itself at high tide early this morning, according to local reports. The Royal Gazette in Bermuda (a country which is technically defined as a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic) reported that Norwegian Dawn departed Bermuda yesterday afternoon, local time, “and is expected to arrive at its destination in Boston in good time”.
The ship, which ran aground on the reefs in the North Channel, was found to be seaworthy after underwater surveys to check for damage and ascertain why the ship lost steerage, the paper reported.
A Bermudan government surveyor and the Department of Maritime Administration issued a certificate enabling the ship to depart. Passengers were allowed ashore in the morning, but had to return to the ship by noon.
A few select tweets from the cruise company, @CruiseNorwegian, while the ship was stuck fast:
- We will provide additional updates in the morning when more information becomes available!
- The ship is sailing on a 7-night Boston to Bermuda cruise with 2443 passengers and 1059 crew.
- The ship is fully operational with the full complement of onboard services available to guests.
- The ship will be thoroughly inspected in Bermuda by DNVGL, the ship’s classification society, before returning to Boston.
- With high-tide this evening, the ship was floated and moved to a nearby anchorage position where it will remain overnight.
- The ship’s officers, engineers and an independent dive team have confirmed the structural integrity of the ship.
- All guests and crew are safe and there were absolutely no injuries.
- On 5/19 at 5 ET, Norwegian Dawn had a temporary malfunction of its steering system, causing ship to sail slightly off course.
- The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed. All guests and crew are safe.
- On Tuesday, May 19th at approximately 5:00 pm ET, Norwegian Dawn temporarily lost power as the ship was departing King’s Wharf, Bermuda.
Written by Peter Needham