Minor damage after ships collide in Cape Town harbour

Henry

Minor damage was caused when two ships collided in the Cape Town harbor on Friday morning.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) confirmed that the incident occurred during mooring operations.

The vessels involved are the Ambience-passenger ship and the Gray Fox– cargo ship.

According to Samsa, the Ambience made contact with the second vessel and the quay during the mooring process.

“We are relieved to confirm that no one was injured in the incident. There are also no risks to the environment or the safety of the vessel and port. The Ambience sustained minor damage.

“The port authority is actively managing the situation. A Samsa inspector conducts a thorough assessment at the scene to gain a better understanding of the circumstances that led to the incident, and to determine the extent of the damage,” said Samsa.

Ambassador Cruise Line, which the Ambience owned, said in a statement that despite the help of two tugboats and a pilot boat, the ship could not maintain its position in the strong gusts.

Passengers were allowed to disembark after the incident and the ship was still sailing on Friday evening, the company said.