Cruiseship breaks from its moorings and hits cement carrier in NZ

Investigators are on the scene to try and work out how a cruiseship broke its moorings in New Zealand yesterday and then proceeded to slam into a cement carrier, causing significant damages.

The Seabourn Encore was docked at Timaru when it broke loose in high winds and hit the Milburn Carrier II. The cement carrier’s hull was breached near its ballast tanks, while the cruiseship suffered some damage to its stern though it was able to sail on later in the day, a few hours later than scheduled.

The cruiseship became stuck between two wharves, and pilot and tug boats held it in position while the wind subsided.

A local resident passing near the scene told local media he felt the cruiseship’s moorings were not sufficient as a southerly gale picked up.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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