Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine issues

MV Viking Sky evacuated after engine problems March 2019Picture copyright
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MV Viking Sky was heading to Stavanger from Tromso

About 1,300 persons are being evacuated from a cruise ship off the coast of Norway, authorities have mentioned.

Police within the county of Extra og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine issues, and all these aboard are being taken to shore.

Norway’s sea rescue company mentioned the MV Viking Sky despatched out a misery sign and was drifting in direction of the shore.

Helicopters and rescue boats are on the scene in excessive waves and powerful winds.

One particular person on the scene advised the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that the waves are a number of metres excessive.

Police advised the newspaper VG winds are blowing at 38 knots, and the ship is lower than 2.5 nautical miles (four.6 km) from the shore.

Nonetheless, studies recommend the ship has managed to restart one engine and transfer barely farther from the coast because the evacuation continues.

MV Viking Sky is a Viking Ocean Cruises ship, which had its maiden voyage in 2017.

Web site MarineTraffic reveals the vessel was en path to Stavanger from Tromso, and is drifting off the city of Farstad close to Molde on the nation’s western coast.

The corporate web site reveals it has capability for 930 company on board.

The world is named the Hustadvika and is reportedly one of the vital harmful stretches of Norway’s coast.

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