M/V Ushuaia Grounded In Antartica – UPDATE

Mike Schuler
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December 6, 2008

M/V Ushuaia grounded in Antartica

Yesterday, we touched briefly upon on the Argentine passenger vessel, Ushuaia, that ran aground Thursday on Antartica’s western peninsula. We are now seeing reports that all 89 passengers and 33 crew members have been safely removed from the ship. AFP writes:

They were taken off the cruise liner Ciudad de Ushuaia, which became stuck Thursday in Wilhelmina Bay, part of the Antarctic peninsula that reaches towards the southern tip of South America, Commander Alan Nettle said.

Argentine authorities on Thursday said the passengers and 33 crew members were all unhurt and the vessel was in no danger of sinking.

Citizens from Australia, Belgium, Britain, China, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the United States were among the passengers on the ship.

It is still unclear as to how much fuel was leaked into the water but reports are saying that the tank has been sealed.  We will be sure to update if we hear any more news on this incident.

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