Sunday, December 30, 2007

Stalled Ship Hits Iceberg

A Norwegian cruise ship with over 300 people on board struck an Antarctic glacier as it lost engine power during an electrical outage but caused no casualties, said Argentine officials Saturday. The MS Fram with 256 passengers and 70 crew members aboard suffered a breakdown in its propulsion system Friday, said police in the port of Ushuaia in southern Argentina, noting no casualties nor any danger of sinking have been reported.The ship hit the ice glacier late Friday near Browns Bluff in the Antarctic, said Ragnar Norum, a spokesman for the Hurtigruten Cruise line company of Norway. The liner restarted again after the outrage lasted 40 to 50 minutes and headed for King George Island for an inspection.

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