Cruise Ship Collides with Yachts While Entering Port

A British-based cruise ship has collided with several small yachts while entering the port in Dartmouth, England on Wednesday, August 29.

Saga Pearl II Collides with Boats

The Saga Pearl II which is operated by the British cruise line Saga Cruises collided with four small boats on Wednesday while entering the port in Dartmouth, England. The cruise ship was arriving in the morning and following a local tugboat and had a pilot onboard.

Video footage of the incident was posted online and you can take a look below to see what happened:

The small harbor which is located in the southwest of England doesn’t provide much room for the large ship to maneuver. Many questions will also be asked about the speed the vessel was going and how well planned out the procedure was.

While Saga Pearl II sails in it hit four yachts which were anchored. Local news is reporting there were no injuries and the cruise ship was being piloted by harbormaster Captain Mark Cooper. An investigation into what happened has been launched by the Marine Accident Investigation Board. The owners of the damaged yachts are also being contacted.

Statement from Dart Harbour INCIDENT INVOLVING THE SAGA PEARL 2, 29th August 2018. The cruise ship “Saga Pearl II,…

Posted by Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The ship did end up docking just fine in Dartmouth in anticipation of the 174th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. The ship is based out of Dover, England and is just one of two ships in the current fleet. Saga Pearl II is 18,590 gross tons and has a guest capacity of over 500.

The cruise line caters for cruisers over 50 years of age and offers a more intimate and relaxing setting. Saga isn’s the largest cruise line in the UK but is expanding with two new class ships at 55,900 gross tons entering service in 2029 and 2020.

Just days ago we posted about the Carnival Horizon hitting Pier 90 in New York. The Carnival cruise ship was also maneuvering for docking and caused some damage on the bow and on the pier.


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