Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hurtigruten ship stabilized after fire

Hurtigruten ship stabilized after fire

By Donna Tunney
The Hurtigruten vessel Nordlys, which was damaged by an engine-room fire that killed two crew members on Sept. 15, has been stabilized and is being cleared of personal belongings and cargo.

In a statement, the line said that all passengers were scheduled to return home Monday from Alesund, Norway, where the ship docked following the blaze.

All departures of the Nordlys have been canceled until mid-October. The line’s winter schedule from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 will not be affected by the accident since the Nordlys was not scheduled for service during that period.

The ship had been operating a northbound coastal cruise from Bergen when the fire broke out.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, and no estimates for the repair of the vessel have been revealed.