23 November 2007

MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There are no fatalities and everyone was rescued.

The MS Explorer was not a typical cruise liner but rather a small expedition cruise ship. On November 23, 2007, the MS Explorer sank in the Antarctic Ocean. The vessel hit an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands, leading to its eventual sinking.

The ship was carrying 154 people, including passengers and crew, on a 19-day cruise to Antarctica. The collision with the iceberg caused a breach in the ship’s hull, leading to the flooding of the engine room. Despite efforts to contain the damage, the water ingress was too severe, and the decision was made to abandon ship.

Fortunately, there were no casualties, as all passengers and crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and later picked up by a passing cruise ship, the MV Nordnorge, and a nearby Antarctic research station. The crew and passengers endured extreme conditions in lifeboats and makeshift shelters before rescue.

The sinking of the MS Explorer highlights the challenges and risks associated with navigation in polar regions. It also underscores the importance of stringent safety measures and preparedness for extreme conditions when operating in such environments. The incident prompted discussions and reviews within the cruise industry regarding safety protocols for Antarctic and Arctic expeditions.