Alaska Cruise Ship has grounded 4 times
The cruise ship Empress of the North that hit a rock off Juneau Alaska
this morning had an eerilly similar incident in the Columbia River last
year. As the Winter 2006/2007 Issue of the US Coast Guard's magazine
Proceedings then reported:
A river cruise ship goes hard aground on a rocky ledge outside the main navigation channel of theColumbia River, near Portland, Ore. The vessel floods and begins to list to port. Onboard are 260 passengers and crew, and more than 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
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UPDATE: This is actually the 4th grounding of the vessel "Empress of the Sea".
By reviewing the USCG incident reports along with some google powered research we were able to find at least three groundings in addition to today's incident.
March 24th, 2006: Multnomah County sheriff's Lt. Mike Schults's eyewitness reoprt stated "Wind and choppy water may have sent the vessel off course." The result was a firm grounding on a sand bar at the edge of the Columbia River near Portland, OR. Reported by the AP
Nov 27th 2003: During the evening on a voyage up the Columbia River the vessel developed steering problems and ran aground 80 miles NW of Portland. Two crew and a passenger suffered minor injuries.
Oct. 24, 2003, while transiting a lock on the Snake River the vessel grounded with no reported injuries.
2007 has been a particularly bad year for the ship after 23 passengers took ill and the ship subsequently failed its CDC health inspection. That incident is still under investigation.
For the official US Coast reports and inspection data visit: gCaptain.com's Maritime Blog
From the Editors of NowPublic:
We are delighted to have Capt. John Konrad assisting us on this story. Capt. Konrad is Chief Mate aboard a 865' ship in the Gulf of Mexico, and is the CEO and founder of gCaptain.com, a resource for Professional Mariners Worldwide.
It was amazing when we first saw John's story show up - here is an account of the wild mix of stuff that allowed him to report what was happening abour his ship.
All 248 passengers have been rescued now and are en route to Juneau on a variety of ships . One of our members is reporting that amateur radio operators believe the passengers are being taken to Auke Bay, a few miles down the channel from Juneau.
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