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ms Marco Polo Cruise Ship Accidents

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This is a page dedicated to ms Marco Polo cruise ship accidents and incidents reports and news updates. What you will find here is information of cruise ship Marco Polo run aground accident, and cruise passenger death incident.

MS Marco Polo is one of the most famous old cruise ships, from the small fleet of Cruise and Maritime Voyages (aka CMV Cruises).

Marco Polo cruise ship passenger death 2014 accident

On February 14, 2014 (between 1-2 pm local time) stormy weather caused a Marco Polo cruise ship passenger death. It happened in the waters of the English Channel.

Marco Polo cruise ship run aground accident 2013 (Norway)

ms Marco Polo cruise ship run aground accident (entering dry-dock)

MS Marco Polo experienced a ran aground accident. It happened in Norway on March 10, 2013, while sailing on 14-night Norwegian “Northern Lights” cruise departing Amsterdam to UK (London, the port of Tilbury).

Accident location was a remote fjord located north of the Arctic Circle. After leaving the port of Sortland (in Vesteralen) and under the command of a local Norwegian pilot she hit an uncharted underwater rock resulting in hull damage. No injuries were reported among all 1117 passengers/crew. The ship immediately returned to the port of Sortland to undergo a detailed damage assessment by divers. After about 23 hours for inspection and some small hull repairs the ship was cleared to continue with the cruise.

The Sortland’s Port  Director (“harbour master”) Hugo Naess has expressed his surprise over the grounding accident, pointing out that more than 2200 different ships use the port of Sortland per year and such incident has never happened before in his 15 years of service.

The Marco Polo cruise ship grounding incident resulted in minor damages, and one of the “strong” reasons for that is her strengthened hull – this almost 50-year-old vessel is originally constructed by its USSR owners with a thicker hull to withstand contact with the Arctic’s broken ice.

Visit the front page for all ms Marco Polo cruises (itinerary, dates and prices information). We wish safe future sailings and only happy experiences on this amazing “charmingly old” ship!

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