Seabourn Encore In Collision Drama With Another Ship In New Zealand Port

Seabourn’s newest ship, Seabourn Encore was involved in a collision with another ship in the port of Timaru, New Zealand on Sunday.

Reports from Radio New Zealand suggest that due to high winds, Seabourn Encore broke from her moorings and drifted into the cement carrier, Milburn II which was at the other side of the dock before Seabourn Encore became stuck between the two berths.

Tugs were then able to assist Seabourn Encore back to her berth and keep her in place. Both ships have sustained damage with Milburn Carrier II suffering from split ballasting.

Most passengers were ashore exploring the town and on shore excursions when the collision took place.

The ship was scheduled to sail for Akaroa this evening but reports suggest the ship will remain in port until tomorrow with a decision to made whether they will sail to Akaroa or directly to Wellington.

Meanwhile, The Transport Accident Investigation Commission will be conducting an investigation into the incident with anticipation that both ship’s captains being interviewed.

Seabourn Encore was only christened last month in Singapore and is the newest ship to join the Seabourn fleet.  The 40,350grt ship can accomodate 600 passengers in 300 suites on board.


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