Expedition ship damaged, leaking oil after grounding, Svalbard, Arctic

Expedition vessel MS VIRGO with 13 passengers and 7 crew on board ran aground in Fuglefjorden, northwestern Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norwegian archipelago between Norway and North Pole, Arctic, at around 1000 UTC Jun 14. Ship’s hull was breached in fuel tank area, oil leak reported. Judging from track, VIRGO was refloated some 4 hours later, probably with offshore tug assistance. As of 1500 UTC Jun 14, VIRGO was maneuvering at very slow speed near grounding site, with tug and aux vessel nearby.

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