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Stranded Greenlandic passenger ship breaks free of ice

Greenlandic coastal passenger carrier Sarfaq Ittuk, which has been stuck in heavy ice in Torssukatak in southern Greenland since last Wednesday, has finally broken free, writes Arctic Umiaq Line A/S, which owns the passenger ship, on Facebook.

37 passengers and 21 crew members have been stuck on board the 73-meter (240-foot) vessel for the past six days.

Arctic Umiaq Line A/S points out that passengers and crew were never in any danger.

The ship was on her way to Greenland’s capital, Nuuk; she regularly sails along Greenland’s west coast. She was stuck in an area where there is no mobile coverage, writes maritime-executive.com.

Due to “the situation and the wind direction, it was not possible for other ships to sail to Sarfaq Ittuk for help. The risk of such an attempt would likely result in two ships stuck in the ice rather than just one”, said Arctic Umiaq Line earlier this week according to maritime-executive.com.

The captain of the ship is from the Faroe Islands.

Image credits: maritime-executive.com

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