On November 23, 2007, the MS Explorer, a polar cruise ship that had proved itself fit and capable in the northern hemisphere, sank after hitting ice and puncturing its hull in the Southern Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. Luckily, all 154 passengers and crew were rescued. The 49-year-old captain, who was inexperienced in that area and commanding the ship for the first time, received most of the blame.
Sam Walker, deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal, wrote in his February 2019 article Sending Inexperience Into a Storm that Captain Bengt Wiman, underestimating the danger, impatiently plowed into a wall of ice at excessive speed. To make matters worse, he had not made himself familiar with the Explorer before sailing. If he had, the captain would have known that his ship had been fitted recently with a powerful emergency bilge pump that could have prevented it from sinking.