Assessment of the Viking Sky Incident
On March 23, 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship suffered an engine shutdown and had to make an emergency stop at Hustadvika between Kristiansund and Molde. The ship nearly ran aground, which could have had catastrophic consequences. A comprehensive rescue operation was carried out, and passengers were evacuated by helicopter, which continued until the morning of the following day.
The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) was
the lead ministry during the incident, and has charged
the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency
Planning (DSB) with evaluating the management of the
incident. The assessment covers all aspects of the
rescue operation, including maritime intervention and
rescue by helicopter, the evacuation of passengers, and
their reception and handling on land.