Cruise ship carrying thousands runs aground — Analysis
Norwegian Escape was on its way to America and the British Virgin Islands, when it got into difficulties.
A cruise ship carrying around 3,000 tourists ran aground off the Dominican Republic on Monday, officials said, having run into trouble shortly after it departed from the island nation’s Puerto Plata port.
The Norwegian Escape had approximately 1,600 crew aboard when it was fighting for its life. “strong 30 knot winds”It was left a need for support by tugboats to be freed, said Vice Admiral Ramon Gustavo Betances Hernandez.
On Monday night, additional tugboats were sent to aid in rescue efforts. The vice admiral used the high tide for the pull to bring the cruise ship to safety. The incident resulted in no damage.
Crucero continúa encayado en Taíno Bay, Puerto Plata; al lugar se han presentado representantes de diferentes instituciones del estado, con la finalidad de colaborar con la tripulación y que siga su curso conforme al programa de navegación la nave “Norwegian Escape”. pic.twitter.com/jRdOfShVHq
— Ramón Núñez Fernández (@RamonNunez81) March 15, 2022
The vessel was released at 12:45 am local time (04:45 GMT), according to footage shared by social media. One passenger posted the video: “Kudos to Captain Giovanni and the amazing bridge officers for working hard, swiftly and most importantly, safely.”
This cruise ship is approximately 326 meters in length, and weighs 165,000 tones. It was travelling to the US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and then on to the Bahamas. It was built in 2015 in Germany and is one of the largest vessels in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet.
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