A CRUISE ship which left Tilbury for a tour of the Norwegian fjords has run aground.
The 22,000 tonne MS Marco Polo ran aground while manoeuvring to drop anchor in high winds near Leknes in Norway’s northern Lofoten Islands.
The ship was chartered by British-based Cruise and Maritime voyages (CMV) who confirmed the vessel was lodged in soft mud.
The company expected the ship to be freed and leave on schedule after an operation at high water on Saturday evening, but any passengers who want to go ashore are being transferred.
CMV’s commercial director, Chris Coates said: "We are doing everything we can to ensure that Marco Polo can resume her itinerary and remain confident that she will continue to operate her Northern Lights cruise as planned.
"The comfort and safety of our passengers is our top priority. Our passengers have been fully updated of the situation."