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New Seabourn Encore collides with another ship

February 13, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The gleaming new Seabourn Encore, a 600-passenger ultra-luxury ship launched only last month, has reportedly collided with a cement-carrying vessel while berthed in a New Zealand port.

The luxury Seabourn ship apparently broke its moorings in high winds yesterday in the South Island port of Timaru, according to reports in the Timaru Herald.

Seabourn Encore


Seabourn Encore was reportedly unable to leave port as scheduled yesterday evening.

A Maritime NZ spokesman told the Timaru Herald the vessel had been detained by the harbourmaster, “under his jurisdiction”. Officials were trying to interview the masters of both ships involved in the collision.

Early reports say the Seabourn Encore’s stern moorings snapped with a sound like gunshots, alerting bystanders who gathered to watch the drama. The ship, the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet, drifted and collided with a much less flash-looking vessel, with rust marks down its side. From the name on its stern, the other ship is the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II, registered in the port of Lyttelton, near Christchurch.

No-one has been reported hurt in the collision.

Passengers returning to Seabourn Encore from a day ashore in South Canterbury were conveyed by bus “to an unknown location” as the emergency unfolded, the paper said.

Written by Peter Needham in Paekakariki, New Zealand

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