CleliaIIA large wave hit the expedition vessel Clelia II while it was crossing the Drake Passage on Tuesday, breaking the starboard bridge window and dousing some electrical circuitry, slowing engine speed.

Clelia II is operated by New York-based Travel Dynamics International and owned by Helios Shipping of Piraeus, Greece.

The ship encountered rough weather and seas on the morning of Dec. 7, when the wave hit the ship, causing a temporary loss of communications and affecting engine performance, according to an update from the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.

There are 88 passengers and 77 crew onboard the ship. One member of the crew was said to have sustained minor injuries.

No damage to the hull or discharge of oil or any other liquids from the ship are being reported. It is now operating at normal speed during its northbound crossing of the Drake Passage as it heads back to Ushuaia, Argentina.

The National Geographic Explorer, operated by Lindblad Expeditions, accompanied the Clelia II after it was struck and assisted the ship in restoring communications.

A Lloyd’s Register’s surveyor will inspect the ship in Ushuaia. Travel Dynamics anticipates continuing its Antarctic season with Clelia II following the inspection.


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