Silver Shadow arrives in Hong Kong after colliding with cargo vessel

//Silver Shadow arrives in Hong Kong after colliding with cargo vessel

SilverShadow-1M.jpgDramatic reports of a collision involving the luxury cruise ship Silver Shadow appear to be somewhat exaggerated. The vessel reached Hong Kong on schedule this morning, and will embark on a private charter as planned.
Blogger Mikey Faust, in a report followed up by The Huffington Post, quoted a passenger on board as saying: “We’re on Silversea Silver Shadow cruise ship and we just collided with a Vietnamese container ship near Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. We slammed into the side of it, in thick fog.
“The other ship was severely damaged, and crew hurt, damage to our ship is being assessed in Hong Kong. Passengers were called to muster stations. Our ship has a hole in the bow, it was struck in two places – their bridge, and we ripped a large tear in the side too.”
A Silversea spokesman, who said there were “a few dents” to the ship, told me today: ” Silver Shadow was involved in a minor incident on Friday morning at around 04:20 GMT as it was approaching the pilot station in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. There was contact between Silver Shadow and a local commercial vessel.
“Silver Shadow incurred limited minor dents and guests’ safety was never compromised. The ship is fully operational and continued on its course to Ha Long Bay where all shore tours operated normally. It then continued as scheduled to Hong Kong, where it docked this morning local time. Silversea will carry out a full investigation into the incident.
“All shore excursions continued as planned and no passengers ended their voyage early. The charter will still go ahead as planned.”
Silver Shadow, launched in 2000, carries 388 passengers and 295 crew. It was recently chartered by ANZ Bank in Australia, to provide a five-day cruise for its best-performing employees.

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:52+00:00 19 March 2012|Cruise News|0 Comments

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