(1) Cruise Ship Rescued After Getting Stuck
A fancy cruise ship got itself into a bit of a pickle when it ran aground near Greenland’s coast and couldn’t move for three whole days. Fortunately, on Thursday morning, the authorities announced that they had successfully pulled the ship, called the Ocean Explorer, free. The ship was on its way to Alpefjord, a remote spot in Greenland, with 206 passengers and crew members. Their destination? The Northeast Greenland National Park, the northernmost national park in the world, known for its icy wonders like glaciers, icebergs, and tall mountains. The rescue operation was led by the Joint Arctic Command, part of Denmark’s defense forces, and coordinated by SunStone Maritime Group, with a vessel named Tarajoq doing the pulling.
(2) Fire Breaks Out on Cargo Ship in Taiwan
A small cargo ship owned by a Chinese company caught fire while it was at a shipyard in Taiwan for repairs. It was quite a dramatic scene, with crew members scrambling for safety, and one person reportedly even ended up in the harbor, either falling or jumping overboard. Thankfully, everyone, including the crew and shipyard workers, escaped without injuries, and it took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. The ship in question is the Wan Lung, a 29-year-old vessel used for coastal cargo service in China. It’s currently registered in Cameroon and measures about 175 feet in length, with a capacity of around 300 deadweight tons (dwt).
(3) UAE-Controlled Cargo Ship Reports Incident in Strait of Hormuz
In the Strait of Hormuz, a cargo ship under United Arab Emirates control experienced what’s being called an “attack.” This event occurred just after midnight on a Wednesday morning in Oman’s territorial waters, according to the security company Ambrey. The ship, flying the flag of Panama, sent out a distress call on VHF Channel 16. Ambrey categorized the incident as a “suspicious approach.” Initially, the ship left the designated eastbound traffic route without a significant change in its speed, and then it proceeded eastward toward Iran.