Cruise Ship

Scarlet Lady

Incident Type

Ship Collision / Allision

Date of Accident

16th July 2023

Location of Accident

PortMiami, Florida, USA

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On the morning of 16/07/2023, a vessel experienced an allision while attempting to dock at PortMiami, making unintended contact with a mooring dolphin. This event resulted in minor hull damage but no reported injuries. The incident affected the ship’s departure schedule for its upcoming voyage but had no significant alterations to its itinerary.

Causative Factors

The primary cause of the allision was identified as strong currents that led the ship’s aft section to come into unintended contact with the mooring dolphin, a concrete fixture designed for mooring line anchorage.

Extent of Damage

The ship sustained only superficial damage to its aft hull. With the collaborative efforts of the ship’s crew and local contractors, the necessary repairs were promptly addressed.

Operational Impact

Having concluded its “Fire Sunset Soirees Cruise” on 12/07/2023 with visits to Key West, Florida, and Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas, the vessel was preparing for its “Riviera Maya” voyage. Due to the incident, this 5-day journey, initially set to commence on the evening of 16/07/2023, was postponed by a few hours. Satellite AIS data confirms the ship’s departure from PortMiami at 1:04 am FL time on 17/07/2023. However, the “Riviera Maya” voyage itinerary remained unchanged.

Terminology Clarification

To ensure accurate understanding, it’s important to note that when a vessel makes contact with a stationary object, like in this case, it’s termed as “allision.” Conversely, “collision” refers to an incident where a vessel strikes another moving vessel.

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