All 39 Canadian Passengers Safe After MS Nordkapp Runs Aground in Antarctica

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours,
Canadian representative for Norwegian Coastal Voyage, would like to reassure
Canadians that all 39 Canadian passengers on board the Norwegian Coastal
Voyage ship MS Nordkapp are safe and no injuries have been reported after the
ship ran aground on Tuesday January 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm local time - just off
Deception Island, which is part of the South Shetland Island archipelago in
Antarctica. The ship is now anchored off Whalers Bay.
    MS Nordnorge arrived at Whalers Bay around 07:00 - 08:00 am this morning
local time. All passengers have been transferred to MS Nordnorge, which will
then sail directly to Ushuaia, Argentina, arriving on Friday morning
(February 2, 2007).
    A British navy vessel with divers onboard is on its way to MS Nordkapp,
which spans 123-metres and was built in 1996, and will help to inspect the
damage. The navy vessel arrived at Whalers Bay this morning. The ship has also
offered to provide assistance in escorting MS Nordkapp back to Argentina after
the damage has been inspected.
    As a matter of routine, the ship has activated oil protection equipment,
but no spillage has so far been registered from the ship.
    There are a total of 370 persons on board - 294 passengers and a crew of
76. Nineteen nationalities are represented with 39 Canadians on board.

For further information:

For further information: Patrick Tsung, President, GLP Worldwide
Expedition Travel & Tours, Tel: (905) 258-7778, Cell: (416) 788-8881,; Additional Contacts: Chris Ryall, PR Representative,
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours, Tel: (416) 861 1022; Torkild
Torkildsen, Director of Operations, Hurtigruten, +47 906 88 318; Hanne K
Kristiansen, Director of Communication, Hurtigruten, +47 913 05 490 Stein
Lillebo, Communication Consultant, Hurtigruten, +47 915 29 616

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