Seabourn Encore broke its moorings and hit a passing cement carrier in Port of Timaru, New Zealand, on February 12, 2017.
The 2016-built cruise ship, owned by the US-based cruise line Seabourn, arrived at the port on Sunday morning and was scheduled to depart for Akaroa, New Zealand, at 6:00 p.m., according to the port’s data.
However, the ship collided with Milburn Carrier II, a 1987-built cement carrier, “after sudden high winds caused the ship’s aft mooring lines to part and break free”, a spokesperson of Seabourn told World Maritime News.
Reports say that the collision caused damage to the hull of the cement carrier.
No injuries were reported on either vessel.
Investigators arrived on the scene to inspect the cause of the accident.
Following the inspection, Seabourn Encore was cleared to sail by authorities and departed for its next scheduled port call in Akaroa, according to the firm.
The 40,350 gross ton Seabourn Encore is on a 16-night itinerary, which departed from Sydney on February 2, 2017.
World Maritime News Staff