The Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ flagship, Magellan reportedly collided with the local Tilbury to Gravesend ferry, Duchess M on Wednesday evening as the cruise ship departed her berth.
As the 46,052 gross tonne cruise ship departed, a strong gust of wind resulted in Magellan and the Duchess M coming dangerously close to each other. The cruise ship reportedly trapped the local ferry between the ship and the landing stage where it berths.
A spokesperson for Cruise and Maritime Voyages said: “CMV confirms that the cruise ship Magellan, while departing from the Port of Tilbury at around 5pm on August 3, 2016, was affected by strong gust of wind with the result that the Magellan coming into very minor contact with a local ferry. CMV understands that no passengers were injured in this accident and that damage to the ferry is limited to superficial to the ferry’s paint.”
The local ferry which is operated by Thurrock Council was temporarily suspended whilst safety checks were carried out. An investigation into the incident is now taking place.