Norwegian Dawn Freed From Bermuda Seabed
PHOTO: Two tugs work to free Norwegian Dawn. (Photo via Twitter)
The Norwegian Dawn was freed from a seabed near Bermuda as the tide rose the evening of May 19, but it was undergoing inspections before it could resume sailing back to Boston. As of 7 a.m. May 20, the ship was docked at Heritage Wharf in Bermuda, and passengers were given the chance to disembark to once again explore Bermuda.
Norwegian Cruise Line's officers, engineers and lead technical teams were working on a complete assessment of the vessel along with inspectors from the ship's classification society and a team of independent divers.
Norwegian said the ship experienced “a temporary malfunction of its steering system, causing the ship to sail slightly off course as the ship was departing Bermuda, resulting in the vessel making contact with the sea bed.”
The ship ran aground at about 5 p.m. May 19, but quickly regained full power so all onboard services were operating through the night. There were no injuries to the 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew members. The ship was freed at about 10 p.m. and anchored until it moved to the dock in the morning.
“The ship’s officers, engineers and an independent dive team have confirmed the structural integrity of the ship,” Norwegian said in a statement late May 19. “With high tide this evening, the ship was floated and moved to a nearby anchorage position where it will remain overnight. The ship will be thoroughly inspected in Bermuda by DNVGL, the ship’s classification society, before returning to Boston. The ship is fully operational with the full complement of onboard services available to guests.”
Several passengers onboard used Twitter to send out updates on the situation. A passenger named Jay, using the handle @ThatCantB_Right, tweeted when two tugboats were trying to move the ship and when it was freed.
#Norwegiandawn High tide is right now; trying to have tugboat(s) pull us off the reef.— Jay (@ThatCantB_Right) May 20, 2015
The Captain announced a few minutes ago that after a 2nd attempt we are now free of the reef and now anchored.... Norwegiandawn— Jay (@ThatCantB_Right) May 20, 2015
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