Norwegian Dawn cleared to sail to the US

Norwegian Dawn cleared to sail to the US

Norwegian Dawn, which struck the sea bed off Bermuda on Tuesday following a steering problem, has been cleared to sail back to the US.

The vessel was due to depart yesterday afternoon following safety checks and arrive in Boston on Friday as planned.

The ship was on a seven-night Boston to Bermuda cruise with 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew.

The vessel suffered a “temporary malfunction” to its steering system while departing Bermuda, causing the it to sail off course and hit the sea bed.

The ship was floated at high tide on Tuesday evening and moved to a nearby anchorage position where it remained overnight. The ship remained fully operational with the full complement of onboard services available to passengers, according to Norwegian Cruise Line.

A thorough assessment of Norwegian Dawn was completed by the company’s technical operations staff, an independent dive team and local inspectors while the ship was alongside in Heritage Wharf, Bermuda.

“The team confirmed the structural integrity of the ship and the technical issue which caused the steering malfunction was identified and corrected,” the line said.

Norwegian Dawn's next voyage will depart from Boston as scheduled on Friday.

“The impact on earnings per share as a direct result of the incident is expected to be immaterial and has no impact on the company's second quarter and full year guidance provided in its most recent earnings release,” Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said.


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