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johnnyjumpstart January 17th, 2013 01:45 PM

Silverseas ship damaged by giant wave
Giant Wave Impact in Other on Thursday, 17 January, 2013 at 10:39 (10:39 AM) UTC.
Luxury cruise line Silversea has been forced to cancel a cruise onboard the Silver Explorer after the ship was damaged by a giant wave in rough weather while on an 18-night voyage in South America. Media reports claimed four crew suffered minor injuries when a wave struck in the waters between Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. The cruise line confirmed all 133 passengers and 113 crew were safe, but the damage to the ship was severe enough for Silversea to cut short the cruise and to cancel its next sailing on January 21. The ship has returned to Ushuaia in Argentina, where it departed in early January. It is expected to resume service with a 10-night cruise departing on January 31


Mike M January 17th, 2013 02:12 PM

I'm glad to hear that all are safe. That is a rough part of the world and rouge and very large waves aren't that uncommon. It's probably why so many ships have been lost while going around the horn.

Take care,

aerospace January 17th, 2013 03:09 PM

I think it should be noted the Explorer at 6,072 tons is tiny compared to the more popular cruise line ships. Don't need to panic the uninitiated :)

Carnival Ecstacy 70,000 tons
Royal Caribbean Brilliance 90,000 tons
NCL Epic 153,000 tons
Oasis & Allure 220,000 tons

Marsdude January 18th, 2013 09:23 AM

The power of the sea has always amazed me.

Many years ago I saw an old ship wreck on the beach in Oregon. I couldn't believe how the waves had tore apart such thick metal over the years.

Really amazing.

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