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Passengers and crew evacuation is ongoing from the cruise ship Viking Sky, near Norway

The cruise ship Viking Sky, a vessel with gross tonnage of 47,800, has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast Saturday, after engine problems occurred in heavy winds and seas.

Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said the ship managed to anchor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim. Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help, and the evacuation process of the estimated 1,300 passengers and crew was expected to take several hours, also being dangerous. the Viking Sky was on a 12-day trip that began March 14 in the western Norwegian city of Bergen. The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The vessel is operated by Viking Ocean Cruises.

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Viking Sky was built in 2016 by Fincantieri, Ancona, Italy. Its port of registry is Bergen. On board, Viking Sky has two pools, a spa, a fitness center, two restaurants, several lounges and bars, a sports deck, a theater and various shops. Viking Cruises is a cruise line providing river and ocean cruises, with operations based in Basel, Switzerland.  In 2013, Viking announced its ocean cruise division, Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking's itineraries feature travel in Northern Europe, the Baltic, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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