A NORWEGIAN cruise ship made its first visit to Wearside after an unscheduled diversion.
The MS Gann, which is used as a winter training school for sea cadets, was carrying 184 crew and student mariners when plans to dock at another North-East port had to be changed at short notice.
Instead, the vessel sailed into the Port of Sunderland’s Corporation Quay on Saturday.
The 6,257 gross tonne vessel had travelled for 36 hours to get to Sunderland and stayed a day before leaving for Aberdeen.
Neil Mearns, marine services manager and port facility security officer at the Port of Sunderland, said: “The port management team was delighted to assist the ship’s owners and agent.
“As Sunderland is not currently a passenger-handling port, special security measures have had to be implemented and approved by the Maritime Transport Security Division of the Department for Transport to ensure compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Code.
“We’ve enjoyed welcoming our Norwegian visitors and providing a key part in their programme.”