Antarctic ship grounded

This item appears on page 84 of the February 2009 issue.

While in Antarctica’s Gerlache Strait on Dec. 4, Antarpply Expeditions’ MV Ushuaia struck a rock, which damaged the hull and grounded the cruise ship. All 122 passengers and crew were safely transferred to another ship, and a limited amount of fuel oil leaked out.

The ship was refloated in four days and made its way under its own power to Paradise Bay. A week later it entered dry dock in Punta Arenas, Chile, where it was expected to be back in operation out of Ushuaia, Argentina, on Jan. 7.