NTSB considers grounding report

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008

JUNEAU - The National Transportation Safety Board says it will meet next week to consider a report on the grounding last year of a cruise ship near Juneau.

The final report on the grounding of the Empress of the North will be the lone item on the board's agenda Tuesday.

The 300-foot cruise ship operated by Majestic America Line struck a charted rock on May 14, 2007, about 20 miles southwest of Juneau.

The paddlewheel vessel was negotiating a turn west out of Lynn Canal into Icy Strait on its way to Glacier Bay.

It struck Rocky Island, which was illuminated by a flashing green navigation light.

The 206 passengers and nonessential crew were evacuated without injuries.

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