Skip to comments.Norwegian Cruise Ship Hits Iceberg in Antarctic
Posted on 12/31/2007 4:16:35 PM PST by george76
A Norwegian cruise ship carrying some 300 people lost engine power during an electrical outage and struck an Antarctic glacier, smashing a lifeboat but causing no injuries...
The MS Fram hit the ice late Friday near Browns Bluff in the Antarctic... The engine started again and the liner continued to King George Island for an inspection.
"We hit a glacier. We have damage to a starboard lifeboat and a little bit forward," ... the ship apparently suffered no serious damage.
Hansen said the power outage lasted 40 to 50 minutes and sent the vessel adrift against the glacier, where it spent "a few minutes" bumping up against the wall of ice before power was restored.
The Fram anchored before midday near Chile's Eduardo Frei base in an ice-free area west of King George Island.
On Nov. 24 another cruise vessel, the MS Explorer hit an iceberg and sank hours later.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
I saw this news on Fox and they had a map of Norway in the background ... which is rather misleading to people watching them who might wonder which end of the globe the Antartic is.
What the heck is the importance of showing the country of registry (which crosses the Artic circle) versus where the event occured (southern hemisphere)?
“lost engine power”
Happened to me once when I was taking my tanker up a very narrow Swedish fijord. It could have ruined my day.
The first one, btw, which was filled with eco nutballs eagerly showing their sensitivity to our fragile environment by driving a cruise ship through it, is now leaking fuel oil and endangering the health of the fragile antarctic ecosystem. Nice work ecofreaks. Please FOAD now. It's for the penguins y'know.
Was the ship using genuine Fram filters on their engines?
Could be the problem if they weren’t. IMO.
Personally, I'm confused. How does a ship with radar and GPS hit a glacier?
Just part of the cruise adventure. Gives the folks something to write home about!
framistan on the fritz?
“Awww. Did you lose another one?”
That’s one of my favorite film endings.
Ambassador Andrei Lysenko: There is another matter... one I’m reluctant to...
Dr. Jeffrey Pelt: Please.
Ambassador Andrei Lysenko: One of our submarines, an Alfa, was last
reported in the area of the Grand Banks. We have not heard from her
for some time.
Dr. Jeffrey Pelt: Andrei, you’ve lost another submarine?
You can pay them now or you can pay them later. LOL
Fram ("Forward") is a ship that was used in expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Oscar Wisting, and Roald Amundsen between 1893 and 1912. Fram was probably the strongest wooden ship ever built. It was designed by the Norwegian shipwright Colin Archer for Fridtjof Nansen's 1893 Arctic expedition in which Fram was supposed to freeze into the Arctic ice sheet and float with it over the North Pole. Fram is said to be the wooden ship to have sailed farthest north and farthest south. Fram is currently preserved in whole at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway.
It was adrift.
If it lost engine power, it’s got no control over where it’s going, and if it drifts into a glacier, there’s not a whole lot they can do about it.
On the way back to CONUS the engineers couldn’t give me both boilers and full power to out run a very powerful hurricane. So I got hit with that.
I used Fram until reviews showed Pure 1 was superior.