The 85 meter long self-propelled barge Hamburg went aground on the
Ijssel River near Zutphen, Netherlands. The vessel was riding high as it was proceeding with no cargo when it approached a bridge. The vessel would not be able to pass safely underneath the bridge when the Hamburg suffered an engine failure. The master swerved the Hamburg away from the bridge and went aground. The Hamburg was refloated later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.
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Costa Concordia grounding is not an isolated event for the cruise ship industry. Here are just small list of major accidents reported in the news since 2007:
September 15, 2011 – The
MS Nordlys had an explosion in the engine room the caused a large fire killing two crew and evacuation of the vessel at Hurtigruten, Norway. April 15, 2011 – The
MV Ocean Star Pacific had an engine room fire forcing 748 passengers and crew to be evacuated off the ship to Huatulco, Mexico. January 31, 2011 – The Polar Star ran aground off Antarctica damaging the vessel’s outer hull with passengers evacuated to another vessel.
December 7, 2010 – The Clelia II was struck by a large wave off the remote
South Shetland Islands suffering engine damage. December 3, 2010 – The
RMS Queen Mary 2 suffered an explosion causing a short term power outage. November 8, 2010 – The MV
Carnival Splendor had an engine room fire resulting in a complete power loss. The vessel towed back to San Diego with the US Navy providing food for passengers. October 18, 2010 – The
Costa Classica collided with a cargo vessel in the Yangtze River inflicting a 20 meter long gash between passenger decks. Feb 26, 2010 – The
Costa Europa allided into a quay at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt tearing a two meter hole drowning three crew and injuring four passengers. June 18, 2009 – The MV Royal Princess had a fire in the engine room off
Port Said, Egypt causing extensive damage. February 26, 2009 – The
Costa Romantica had a fire in the generator room causing a power outage. Passengers were evacuated after crew was unable to repair the generators. June 21, 2008 – The
MV Princess of the Stars capsized and sank off San Fernando, Philippines when struck by a typhoon. The vessel with 860 passengers and crew on board had only 32 survivors. November 23, 2007 – The cruise ship Explorer struck a submerged object off
Antarctica and sank. No lives were lost, but over 150 individuals were forced into open lifeboats. April 5, 2007 – The
MV Sea Diamond struck a reef of the Greek island of Santorini with 1195 passengers on board. Vessel filled with water and later sank. Two passengers lost.
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