Grounded Hurtigruten Ship Prepares for Repairs

January 9, 2009

Hurtigruten Richard With Hurtigruten's Richard With, the 11,205-ton, 691-passenger expedition ship that ran aground on January 6, is still in Trondheim, Norway -- but will soon relocate to a shipyard in Stavanger for repairs.

A spokesperson for the cruise line tells us that the relocation operation, which will take three days and requires the use of tugboats, will commence as soon as weather conditions in the region are favorable. Richard With incurred damage to its propeller assembly when a gust of wind caused the ship to run aground while attempting to dock in Trondheim. The ship took on water through the propeller assembly, but the hull was not compromised. All passengers and crew were evacuated safely.

As we reported previously, passengers who were expecting to continue onward from Trondheim aboard Richard With on January 6 were put up in town overnight and accommodated on another ship the following day. (Because several Hurtigruten ships service this route, there's a vessel in each port daily.) Passengers on the next Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen roundtrip, scheduled for January 7, were accommodated on another ship as well, departing two days later than planned on January 9; all were put up in Bergen for the two extra nights.

Beyond that, it's unknown how long Richard With will be out of service; we're told that an estimate should be available early next week. Richard With's next Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen roundtrip is scheduled to depart January 18, and at this point it has not been cancelled.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor

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