Salvors will be called into action to help refloat a grounded cruise ship in the US with more than 170 people on board
American Cruise Lines’ 2021 newbuild addition American Jazz has run aground on inland waterways near Canton, Kentucky, in the US with 120 passengers and 54 crewmembers on board.
Local reports have said that American Jazz is grounded in Lake Barkley, a part of the Cumberland River system near Kentucky’s border with Tennessee, and that tugboats were already attempting to pull the ship off the shoreline.
US Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a call Thursday morning from American Cruise Lines alerting them that American Jazz had grounded near mile marker 62 on the Cumberland River. Coast Guard Station Paducah’s 8.9-m special purpose craft designed for shallow water work was first to arrive at the vessel’s location and has a marine safety unit investigator onboard.
The Coast Guard said it is coordinating with American Cruise Lines to establish a salvage plan to dislodge the cruise vessel. The Coast Guard do not yet know the cause of the accident, but said its onsite team have moved American Jazz outside of the safe shipping channel markers.
So far, no damage, pollution, or injuries have been reported.
"The is currently being assisted off a sandbar in Lake Barkley. There is no damage to the small riverboat, and both guests and crew aboard have been informed of the temporary delay," American Cruise Lines spokesperson Alexa Paolella told local media in a statement.
"American Cruise Lines is taking all appropriate steps with authorities while local service providers assist the ship. American Jazz is following a seven-night Music Cities Cruise from Memphis to Nashville and the cruise is expected to resume with a few adjustments to the normal schedule."
American Jazz was inaugurated in 2020 and started cruises along US waterways in March 2021. It has 99 rooms and capacity for 190 passengers.
According to American Cruise Lines, American Jazz has staterooms with ample living space, private balconies, full-size bathrooms and plush seating.
It has five-story glass atrium and has the same advanced opening bow and retractable gangway as on other cruise vessels American Song and American Harmony.