Incident Video: Brand New Luxury Cruise Ship Breaks Moorings, Crashes Into Vessel in New Zealand

Mike Schuler
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February 13, 2017

File photo: Seabourn

Another incident video to show you today after the luxury cruise ship Seabourn Encore apparently broke its moorings in high winds and collided with another vessel at New Zealand’s port of Timaru on Sunday.

The ship, which was only delivered last November, sustained some damage after drifting across the harbor and crashing into another moored vessel, which was also damaged. No injuries were sustained on either vessel.

A Seabourn spokesman confirmed the collision in a statement to Radio New Zealand, saying in an email that “the ship is fully operational. Seabourn Encore was inspected and cleared to sail by authorities and departed for its next scheduled port call in Akaroa, New Zealand, around midnight local time.”

Maritime NZ and Transport Accident Investigation Commission have launched an investigation into the incident.

The Seabourn Encore was delivered to Miami-based Seabourn, an ultra-luxury cruise line, on November 30, 2016 following construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. It was inaugurated on January 7 in Singapore. The 40,350 gt vessel is the fourth ship in the company’s fleet.

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