Quark Expeditions' Ocean Nova -- which had become stuck on rocks in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica on Tuesday -- was freed on the evening high tide. Passengers have already been transferred to another vessel, Quarks' Clipper Adventurer.
Divers have inspected the ship and found no damage nor any leaks. The ship will be inspected again once it reaches Ushuaia, Argentina. If the new report also confirms no damage was done, the ship will sail as scheduled on February 23 on a 20-night voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands (the actual trip begins on the 22nd with an overnight in Ushuaia).
We'll report again when we know the status of the February 22 sailing.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Ocean Nova Freed, No Damage Reported
February 19, 2009