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LATEST PRESS RELEASE from QUARK EXPEDITIONS:

February 23, 2009 at 11:00 EST
Update on the Incident Involving M/V Ocean Nova

Clipper Adventurer, carrying Ocean Nova’s passengers, arrived at the port of Ushuaia on Sunday February 22, 2009, at 7:20 AM local time. Ocean Nova’s guests spent the night at the Albatros Hotel and are continuing their homebound journey today, February 23, 2009.

Ocean Nova also arrived at the port of Ushuaia on Sunday February 22, 2009. Divers conducted an extensive underwater survey of the ship’s hull, identifying four indented areas and flaking of the keel’s paint. The survey confirmed that the rudder and the propeller were not affected by the grounding.

Repairs of the affected areas are currently being performed in Ushuaia and are expected to take three days. Consequently, Ocean Nova’s next Antarctic voyage originally scheduled to depart today has been cancelled. Quark Expeditions has re-booked passengers on M/V Polar Star‘s next voyage, which departs tomorrow, February 24, 2009. Polar Star is operated by Polar Star Expeditions, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Quark Expeditions is providing passengers with hotel accommodation for tonight, and is rearranging the passengers’ return flights.

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