June 30, 2003

S/S Norway towed from Miami
Norwegian Cruise Line says that on June 27, "at approximately 6:30 a.m., after extensive discussions with, and clearance from, the US Coast Guard in Miami, the S/S Norway left the Port of Miami on its way to Land's End at the western edge of the English Channel. A seagoing tugboat is towing the ship, with 85 of its crew onboard. The transatlantic crossing will take approximately three weeks."

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the U.S. Coast Guard have now completed their on-site investigation of the boiler room explosion aboard the Norway, although the NTSB has stated that it may take a year to determine the cause of the accident.

Although the S/S Norway is being towed to Europe, NCL is still determining which shipyard will complete the repairs. NCL says the Norway is on schedule to begin sailing again on October 5, 2003.

That may prove to be an ambitious forecast. There are reports that Lloydwerft Bremerhaven is among the yards that have quoted for the repair contract. Lloydwerft is the yard that converted the transatlantic liner France into the Norway. It is also the yard that cpnverted the Queen Elizabeth 2 from steam to diesel propulsion. There is speculation that NCL may convert the Norway to diesel electric.

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