TSB: Cruise ship sustained major hull damage in Nunavut grounding

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(OTTAWA) — A cruise ship sustained major hull damage when it grounded near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, last August, according to an online update from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) reported by Nunatsiaq News.

Approximately 21 gallons of fuel oil spilled when the 384-foot Akademik Ioffe grounded on Aug. 24, and three ballast water tanks and two bunker tanks were breached and took on water, the TSB said.

No injuries were reported. The ship’s 163 passengers were evacuated to its sister vessel, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, and taken to Kugaaruk for flights out.

After the grounding, the captain secured and safeguarded the black box, which contains information about what course the ship was on before it ran aground. TSB investigators later arrived to begin their evaluation of the incident.

On Sept. 14, Akademik Ioffe headed south on its own power after Transport Canada determined that it could transit safely. The ship arrived at its destination in Les Mechins, Quebec, on Sept. 25.

Click here to read the newspaper's report.

By Professional Mariner Staff