Viking Cruises, Jupiter, Sigyn, accident, christening, Danube, Budapest, Hungary
Viking Jupiter (photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking cancels ship christening after accident

The cruise company Viking has cancelled the christening of its new ship in Oslo after the boat accident in Budapest involving one of its river vessels.

The Norwegian-owned cruise company Viking’s new ship, Viking Jupiter, was scheduled to be christened in Oslo on June 6. But the ceremony has been cancelled as a result of the boat tragedy involving its Viking Sigyn river-cruise vessel on the Danube in Budapest.

Jupiter is Viking’s sixth ocean cruise ship and is registered in the Norwegian international ship register flying the Norwegian flag.

“It was with a heavy heart we were told about the deeply tragic event in Budapest. Out of respect and compassion for the victims and their families, we have decided to cancel the christening of Viking Jupiter on June 6,” says Torstein Hagen owner of Viking Cruises.

Accident and aftermath
Eleven passengers from the accident have already been confirmed dead as a result of the collision near the famous Margaret Bridge in Budapest, while 17 are still missing.

The Norwegian-owned river cruiser Viking Sigyn collided with another, smaller tourist boat late on May 29. That boat capsized and sank.

The captain of the vessel, a 64-year-old man from Ukraine, has been charged in the case and a Hungarian court ordered his arrest.

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