Tugboats Ocean Response and Vivax  attached to Viking Sky Evacuation stopped at passengers, ship is being towed to Molde Viking Sky arrives at Molde with passengers and crew On 23 March the cruise ship was en route southwest from Tromsø to Stavanger in Norway in strong winds and rough seas  with meter 49 ft high waves.
Engines hustadvika single speed only run without lubricant for a few minutes before being damaged.
Anchors were dropped, and tugboats tried unsuccessfully to attach towlines to the ship. Therefore we would prefer to have the passengers on land rather than on board the ship," police chief Tor Andre Franck said.
The incident occurred mid-afternoon 1. One expert said that the ship had been around metres ft from grounding.
Great Britain was ready to supply assistance if needed. The ship was moving heavily in the storm with furniture sliding back and forth. The Accident Investigation Board Norway has opened an investigation, including why the ship sailed despite storm warnings having been issued. The corresponding agencies of the United Kingdom and United States will participate.