A Norwegian cruise liner carrying 32 people was sunk off the coast of Somalia, the Norwegian cruise line has confirmed.
The Mormondom cruise ship capsized in the area of the Somali capital of Mogadishu early on Friday morning, killing at least 32 people.
The ship was travelling from the Norwegian coast town of Lofoten to the port of Mukalla.
The captain of the ship, Captain Hjalmar Lassen, said on Facebook that the ship was carrying 30 people and that the passengers were mostly from Sweden.
“There was a number of Swedish nationals onboard,” Lassner said.
“All were rescued.
We’re all OK, thanks for the prayers.”
Norwegian cruise line said the crew had received reports of an explosion on board the vessel.
“We have a crew member who is very badly hurt and has suffered severe head injuries.
He is in a critical condition in hospital.
The ship has been completely destroyed,” the company said in a statement.”
This incident happened after a fire on board,” the statement added.”
The ship had been travelling on the Norwegian Coast and we were unaware that an explosion had occurred until we were contacted by the media today.”
Our thoughts are with the crew, crew and passengers of the Mormodom cruise liner.
“The Muffins of the Sea, which was carrying a Norwegian crew of six, had left Mogadishuk and was heading for Djibouti, the Somali coast.
It was travelling on its way from the port in Mombasa to the capital, Mogadishak.
The company added that it was operating under the assumption that the vessel had been damaged by a fire.”
It is important to stress that the Muffin of the Seas was not in any danger.
We are working to find out what happened to the vessel, how the fire started and why it was damaged.
“At this stage, we are still investigating the circumstances that led to the ship’s capsizing,” it said.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of all onboard.”
The ship, carrying a crew of seven, had been heading to the Somali port of Djiboutingi.
The vessel was carrying around 40 people including seven crew members from Sweden, a Norwegian vessel that was carrying passengers from Sweden and several crew from Denmark.
The Norwegian Cruise Line’s statement added that there were several reports of a fire at the Mollins of Sea.
“As a precautionary measure, we have closed all Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels, and are providing extra fuel to all of our ships in the region,” the Norwegian Cruise line said.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known, it added.