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Cruise ship returns to port after hitting piece of iceberg

(CNN) – The cruise ship Norwegian Sun struck a piece of an iceberg on Saturday, sustaining damage to its starboard bow, according to a statement from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

A member of the Coast Guard Sector’s Juneau Prevention Team and contract divers assessed the damage to the right forward side and determined the vessel was seaworthy to return to Seattle, its homeport. , for repairs, the statement said.

There were no injuries, according to the USCG.

The ship was heading for the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska when it hit a growler, according to a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that an iceberg must be higher than 16 feet above sea level and 98 to 164 feet thick – the smallest pieces of floating ice are considered “growlers” or bergy bits.

After impact, the vessel sailed to Juneau, Alaska’s capital, for further assessment. The decision was made to shorten the current trip and cancel the cruise which was due to start on June 30 so that repairs can be made, NCL said.

The ship has been cleared to return at a reduced speed to Seattle where all guests on board will disembark as scheduled, NCL added.

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