On August 30, the 167 meter long vehicle carrier Viking Sea allided with the quay at Hamilton, Bermuda. The Viking Sea was heading out of port bound for Panama. The car carrier was being assisted by two tugs being pulled away from the berth when one towline snapped. The wind quickly pushed the Viking Sea back towards the dock. The vessel’s stern swung back striking the quay before the tugs could respond. No reports of injuries.
The tugs were able to bring the Viking Sea back under control. The car carrier remained in port to allow a survey to inspect for damage. The following day the Viking Sea was allowed to resume its voyage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have stated they have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 292 meter long, 7500 dwt passenger cruise ship Norwegian Dawnran aground on a reef off Bermuda’s North Channel. The Norwegian Dawn departed from Boston for a 7 day cruise with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew bound for Bermuda when it suffered a power blackout in the North Channel. The cruise ship lost propulsion and drifted onto the reef. No reports of injuries or pollution release. The crew was able to restore power. Divers were requested to inspect the hull along with a tugboat to help refloat the vessel.
On January 9, the passenger ferry Corona became disabled off Warwick, Bermuda. The Corona had departed Belmont with 5 passengers and 3 crew when it sustained engine failure. A nearby vessel Princeton aided the disabled Corona. The Princeton towed the Corona to the nearby Ferry Terminal. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Reports state the vessel was returned to service later the same day.