Stranded Vessel Owner Claim - 18/07/2011


The Canadian government is facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit from the owner of a cruise ship that became stranded in the Northwest Passage last summer, according to CBC News. Adventurer Owner Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas, is seeking at least USD15 million for costs related to its cruise ship, MV Clipper Adventurer, running aground on 27th August 2010, according to a statement of claim that has been filed with the Federal Court.



The Clipper Adventurer was ferrying 128 passengers through the Arctic passage when it struck an uncharted rock shelf in Coronation Gulf, near Kugluktuk, Nunavut. No one was injured, but the passengers and crew were forced to stay on the stranded ship for almost two days until a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker arrived to take them to Kugluktuk.


The company claims that the ship was seriously damaged, and it was taken to a shipyard in Poland for repairs in November and December. The damages the Adventurer owner is seeking from the federal government includes USD12 million in repair and salvage costs related to the ship's hull, USD2.6 million for loss of business, and USD350,000 in other costs.


The company says the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans failed to inform mariners about the rock shelf, which the department has known about since September 2007, according to the statement of claim.


The nautical charts the Clipper Adventurer's captain had on board indicated there were 29 metres of water in that spot, when there were only three metres, the company claims.


Federal officials "failed to put in place and maintain, or to take reasonable steps to put in place and maintain ... any reasonable system for disseminating such information," the company's claim states in part. None of Adventure Owner's allegations have been proven in court. The federal government has not yet filed a statement of defence. A court motion indicates that lawyers have asked for more time.



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