Cruise liner Celestyal Crystal vs. tanker STI Pimlico – Update
Product tanker STI Pimlico was severely damaged in the collision, with a big breach port side midship, and cargo (nafta) spill. There was a danger of fire (maybe still is, because latest Turkish Salvage Agency statement said salvors were still cooling the hull). A Maritime Bulletin reader and correspondent who’s working on board of a tanker managed by the same technical management company wrote to MB, that there was a spill, presumably substantial. According to his knowledge, collision could be caused by tanker’s engine failure, which in its’ turn, could be caused by an electronic main engine system of the type which is considered by many ship engineers as too risky and unreliable.
On photos damaged tanker and cruise liner.
Cruise liner Celestyal Crystal collided with product tanker STI Pimlico at 0125LT June 27 at the northern entrance of Dardanelles Strait in front of Gallipoli lighthouse. Tanker in load was en route from Tuapse Russia to Malta, cruise liner with 853 passengers and 382 crew was en route from Mykonos Greece to Istanbul. Both vessels were severely damaged, damages of cruise liner can be seen on photo. Tanker suffered breached tank or tanks, leak reported. Both vessels were anchored off Gallipoli, reportedly there are injured passengers on board of a liner. It is understood, that the collision was caused by command errors on both ships, Control Traffic Center was warning them about collision danger.
According to latest news, no injures, at least serious, on board of cruise liner. Tanker loaded with nafta suffered hole or holes in ballast tanks area with ensuing water ingress, list up to 15 degrees. It is said, that there is no cargo leak.