Photo by the Chilean Navy shows the EXPLORER before she sank beneath
Update: MV EXPLORER Cruise Ship
Has Now Sunk
The Argentine and Chilean navies say that the mv EXPLORER has now completely sunk...
According to reports by the Argentine and
Chilean navies on their websites, the adventure holiday cruise ship
EXPLORER has finally succumbed to the icy waters of the Southern Atlantic.
After striking what was believed to be a submerged iceberg the vessel
took on water and listed inexorably, with pictures showing her keeled
over with half her hull exposed.
In a statement the Argentine Navy said that nothing of the ship or
wreckage could now be seen, presumably some 20 hours after she first
got into difficulties.
However the Chilean Navy carries a report on its website that says
wreckage has been observed, but agrees that there is no sight of the
The GAP Adventures website reported earlier that she was last observed
at a 90 degree list, but no further updates have appeared on their
site since then.
The nationalities who were on board the vessel, all of who are
described as safe and well on King George Island are given as:
2 Argentines, 10 Australians, 2 Belgians, 24 British nationals,
12 Canadians, 1 Chinese national, 3 Danes, 17 Dutch, 1 French, 1
German, 2 from Hong Kong, 4 Irish, 1 Japanese, 4 Swiss, 14 Americans,
1 Colombian and 1 Swede. The captain of the ship is Swedish and the
majority of the crew are 'understood to be from the Philippines'. The
crew onboard M/S Explorer consist of 45 Filipinos, 4 Swedes, 2
Bulgarians, 2 New Zealanders, and 1 Pole.
Doubts have been cast on earlier reports, reported from the company
itself, that said a 'fist sized hole' was punched in the hull of
the vessel, However, the Argentine Navy claim they observed
damage that was much more severe.
See also yesterday's Shipping Times' report on
the sinking of mv EXPLORER