The 16,151 GT expedition cruise ship Maud, reportedly lost power in the North Sea, after encountering adverse weather and sea conditions due to Storm Pia.
Maud, which set sailed from Florø, Norway, and was headed for London, Tilbury in the United Kingdom, was sailing south of the Ekofisk oil field in the North Sea, when the ship encountered difficulties and lost power.
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The ship, which has 397 passengers on board, lost power for an unknown period of time. As a result, the ship lost the ability to steer. Subsequently, it is believed windows, including some on the navigational bridge were damaged due to the large waves caused by Storm Pia.
A rescue helicopter in the area was ready to attend if needed, and several vessels were also on standby to assist. The power outage was short-lived, and Maud is now underway again under her own power. It is not clear yet if the ship will dock elsewhere or is continuing on its planned route to London, Tilbury.
At the time of writing, there are no reports of any serious injuries to passengers or crew on board.