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Norwegian cruise ship with 266 passengers loses power

A Norwegian cruise ship lost power when a “rogue wave” smashed windows on the bridge as it sailed in the North Sea with 266 passengers aboard Thursday.
The cruise ship Maud, en route to England, lost its ability to navigate after its electricity went out, the Danish Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said, according to Reuters.
Punishing winds shattered windows on the bridge of the vessel, causing water to flood in.
A “temporary loss of power” occurred after the Maud was struck by a “rogue wave,” ship owner HX told The Post in a statement.
The cruise ship Maud, en route to England, lost its ability to navigate after its electricity went out, the Danish Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said, according to Reuters. Fraser Gray/Shutterstock
The ship, which also had 131 crew members on it, was sailing from Floroe in Norway to Tilbury in the UK, a centre spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the Danish Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said the “situation is under control” and the ship is being steered manually from the engine room, though it can’t navigate.
Authorities plan on towing the vessel to a Danish port around 10:30 p.m. local time.
The cruise company said “no serious passenger or crew injuries” were reported due to the incident and the ship’s condition is “stable.”
“In line with our robust operational protocols, in addition to assuring the well-being of all aboard, the crew immediately conducted thorough safety checks and technical assessments,” HX said.
“Further assessments are now being made for onward sailing. The ship is in direct contact with the relevant maritime authorities and shoreside support teams.”
HX is a unit of Norway’s Hurtigruten Group.

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