Ocean Explorer Freed After Running Grounding in Greenland

Sep 14, 2023

The expedition cruise ship Ocean Explorer has been successfully pulled free after running aground in the remote wilderness of northeast Greenland. After several attempts to dislodge the ship, Nature Institute's research ship, Tarajoq, took on the task of yet another rescue attempt. This time, their efforts paid off, leading to the long-awaited success, as confirmed by Brian Jensen, the commander captain and head of the operations department in the Arctic Command.

Carsten Lund, the CEO of Sunstone, the shipping company that owns the Ocean Explorer, also confirmed the vessel's release. However, owing to a charter agreement with the Australian tourism company, Aurora Expeditions, further details remain undisclosed.

The Ocean Explorer, with 206 passengers and crew members on board, had run aground off the Alpefjord National Park. Located 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) northeast of Greenland's capital, Nuuk, this isolated grounding presented a challenging situation for all involved.

In response to the incident, the Greenland Police initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cruise ship's grounding. Their primary focus is to determine the cause of the accident and to find out whether any violations of the law were involved in this unfortunate mishap.

"A police officer has been transported to the ship and will conduct initial investigative steps, which include interviewing the crew and other relevant individuals on board," stated a press release issued by the Greenland Police.

Six men from the Sirius Patrol boat of the Danish naval unit responsible for patrolling Greenland's remote regions, boarded the Ocean Explorer this morning. Their mission was to check on the welfare of the passengers and crew, ensuring their safety and well-being.