Cal Maritime Training Ship Bumps Shoreside Crane on Arrival in Barbados – Incident Video

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File photo shows the TS Golden Bear. Photo courtesy Cal Maritime

Cal Maritime’s Training Ship Golden Bear sustained minor damage after one of its mast hit a shoreside gantry crane as it arrived in Barbados on Tuesday during its 2019 cruise.

A statement from the school said the ship was under pilot control when the incident occurred. Thankfully, there were no injuries on board or ashore.

The allision, however, did cause the training ship’s main mast to collapse.

Cadets onboard captured the incident on video. A second video from a different angle is a the bottom of this post. (Warning: the video below contains language some may consider offensive):

California Maritime Academy Training Ship Golden Bear colliding with a crane while docking in Barbados today from r/CatastrophicFailure

A message from Golden Bear’s captain, Captain Sam Pecota, said the ship will have to cancel its scheduled stay in Barbados, but the remainder of Cruise 2019 will continue as scheduled. Captain’s Pecota full statement is below: 

Based on the unfortunate incident suffered by the Training Ship Golden Bear while attempting to dock under pilotage in the port of Bridgetown, Barbados, I have had to make the decision to cancel our scheduled stay in Barbados while the crew undertakes repairs to our main mast. Once a temporary range light has been installed, and the USCG approves the repair, I expect the vessel to get underway and complete the remainder of Cruise 2019 as scheduled, with the next port of call Lisbon, Portugal.

I give you my assurance that the vessel is not severely damaged and will be perfectly capable of finishing the cruise safely. I will make every effort to make up for the lost port days in Barbados further down the line at the other ports. Once the vessel is underway again, I will provide an update on vessel status and any necessary modifications to the cruise schedule.

TS Golden Bear departed for its 2019 Cruise on May 5th. The cruise includes planned stops in Los Angeles, Barbados, Lisbon, the Azores and Port Everglades.