Alaskan Cruise Ship Runs Aground

JUNEAU, Alaska – The 299 foot cruise ship Empress of the North ran aground 49 miles west of Juneau near Hanus Reef in Lynn Canal, Alaska this morning at about 2a.m. local Alaska time. Coast Guard and other Good Samaritan vessels are coordinating efforts to evacuate the 281 passengers on board. No injuries have been reported.

The weather on scene was calm. The Coast Guard is working with other state and federal agencies to mitigate any potential environmental damage. The vessel is owned an operated by Majestic America Line of Seattle, WA.

The Empress of the North contacted the Coast Guard via VHF radio on Channel 16 reporting they were aground with 281 passengers on board.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak launched a C-130 crew and a pre-deployed HH-60 helicopter crew from Cordova, Alaska to the scene.

The Coast Guard has successfully facilitated the evacuation of all 248 passengers from the Empress of the North and will be transferring them to the Alaska Marine Highway ferry vessel Columbia for transit back to Juneau.

Currently the Empress of the North is back underway under the escort of the CGC Liberty and is enroute to Juneau.

Passengers will be taken to the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal in Juneau.

Thirty-three crewmembers remain on board the Empress of the North.

 JUNEAU, Alaska - Passengers of the Cruise Ship Empress of the North  being offloaded onto the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and volunteer civilian vessels after  running aground at 2:00 a.m. here today.  The Liberty took on 130 of the 248 passengers before offloading them onto the passenger vessel Columbia, which will transport them back to the city of Juneau. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Chris Caskey)

Passengers of the Cruise Ship Empress of the North being offloaded onto the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and volunteer civilian vessels after running aground at 2:00 a.m. here today. The Liberty took on 130 of the 248 passengers before offloading them onto the passenger vessel Columbia, which will transport them back to the city of Juneau.
 JUNEAU, Alaska - Passengers of the Cruise Ship Empress of the North on the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty.  All 248 passengers were offloaded from the cruise ship uninjured and will be transported back to Juneau. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Chris Caskey)

Passengers of the Cruise Ship Empress of the North on the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty. All 248 passengers were offloaded from the cruise ship uninjured and will be transported back to Juneau.

Official Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer Chris Caskey

  • Related Posts

    Comments are closed.