The weather damaged 16,000 gt Norwegian expedition cruise ship ’Maud’ arrived at Bremerhaven, Germany, on 23rd December, after a nearly 48-hours of lost power in heavy seas.
On 21st December, around 120 miles west of Denmark, she was disabled by a large wave, which smashed through the bridge resulting in a complete loss of power.
The crew managed to restore partial power to the vessel but she was remained without any navigational aids, including radar, on the bridge.
She was accompanied to Bremerhaven by the supply vessel ’Esvagt Server’ (2,400 dwt). Initially, several Esvagt vessels operating in the North Sea went to her aid, while rescue services in several countries were also alerted to the situation.
Reporting on the situation on social media, passengers said the cruise ship was sailing under her own power at 10 knots, following the damage.
The day before her arrival in Germany, the ‘Esvagt Server’ had attached a towline to the ’Maud’ to help turn her in the North Sea but it parted.
Following repairs at the Bredo Shipyard in Bremerhaven, she is expected to return to service in February, 2024.
German media had reported that three of the 266 passengers on board were hospitalised. She also had 131 crew on board.
At the time of the incident, she was sailing to Tilbury, UK from Norway when hit by the violent storm ‘Pia’ off Denmark.
‘Maud’ is operated by HX, the new expedition company formed by Hurtigruten. She was converted from a Coastal Express ferry.