M/S EXPLORER – ANTARCTIC CRUISE SHIP EMERGENCY
SITUATION REPORT 1000HRS, FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER
· M/S Explorer suffered unknown emergency overnight in the Antarctic. Position: 62 degrees 24 minute South and 57 degrees 16 minutes west, between South Shetlands and Grahams Land, in the
· Passengers have abandoned the ship and are in the lifeboats. Reports indicate that the Captain and First Officer only have remained on board. The ship is reported to be listing at 20-25 degrees.
· International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) co-ordinating response of other ships in vicinity. Reports indicate M/S Endeavor has arrived on the scene. M/S Antarctic Dream and M/S Nordnorge are on route.
· Weather conditions are not clear – it is reportedly fair (but likely to be around freezing);
· 154 people involved (100 passengers and 54 cruise/ship staff/expedition staff). 23 British passengers .
· No British Government vessels are in the vicinity. Three cruise ships are, however, on route to the M/S Explorer.
· No details as yet as to the reason for the ship to be evacuated.
· Tourism is a legitimate activity under the Antarctic Treaty. The Antarctic Treaty Protocol on Environmental Protection, 1991, requires all activities in
· In 2004, the Treaty Parties also agreed to require all tourism activities in
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· International Association of
· The Antarctic Treaty Parties have asked the IMO to consider Guidelines for Antarctic Shipping. This includes provisions on ship suitability and emergency equipment.
· At the last Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (in
· The Antarctic Treaty Parties are also continuing to work on the issue of cruise ship safety in
· The M/S Explorer is in the waters of the