Astoria accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Astoria cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 600-passenger vessel owned by CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages). Our Astoria accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
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- collision - 1956 (with ocean liner SS Andrea Doria in the North Atlantic)
- aground - 2009 (tender boat near Kangaroo Island)
- propulsion/power loss – 2008
- pirate attack - 2008
Previously, the vessel was operated under the names MS Stockholm(1948–1960 by Swedish America Line), MS Volkerfreundschaft (1960–1985 by VEB Deutsche Seereedere), MS Volker (1985–1986 by Neptunus Rex Enterprises), MS Fridtjof Nansen (1986–1993 by Neptunus Rex Enterprises), MS Italia I (1993–1994 by StarLauro / MSC Cruises), MS Italia Prima (1994–1998 by Nina Cia. di Navigazione), MS Valtur Prima (1998–2002 by Nina Cia. di Navigazione), MS Caribe (2002–2004 by Festival Cruises), MS Athena (2005–2013 by Classic International Cruises), MS Azores (2013–2016 by Portuscale Cruises and CMV / Cruise and Maritime Voyages) and MS Astoria (2016-2018 by CMV).
|01 February 2009||Ship Grounding|
(MS Athena) On February 1, 2009, two of the ship's passenger tender boats ran aground off Kangaroo Island (Australia). The accident occurred while the liner was anchored Outer Harbor (Adelaide, South Australia). The first boat carried a total of 54 passengers and crew. The second (with 3 crew) was sent to assist but also ran aground.
Passengers were offloaded and transported via a chartered vessel. The rest of the cruise ship passengers remained stranded at the wharf. After the chartered boat failed to drag the tender to deeper waters, it was decided to wait until high tide. The grounded tender was freed by 9 pm.
|03 December 2008||Pirates / Terrorist Attacks|
(MS Athena) On December 3, 2008, while the ship was navigating in Gulf of Aden (off Somalia's coast), two speed boats with pirates approached. Fire hoses on the ship were used to prevent them from boarding. All the 450 passengers were evacuated to open decks.
The pirate attack lasted for ~4 hours. Eventually, an aircraft arrived and forced the boats to leave.
|23 November 2008||Structural and Technical Issues|
(MS Athena) On November 23, 2008, the ship-operator Transocean Tours officially cancelled the scheduled 123-day World Cruise, allowing the vessel to enter drydock for routine maintenance. The most serious issue was with the liner's main diesel engines.
|25 July 1956||Ship Collision / Allision|
(MS Stockholm) On July 25, 1956, due to heavy fog, while navigating in North Atlantic Ocean, the operated by Swedish America Line ship collided with the ocean liner SS Andrea Doria (operated by the Italian Line).
The collision happened at 11:10 pm, off Nantucket Island's coast. The accident became known as one of world's worst maritime disasters.
Although most SS Andrea Doria passengers and crew survived the collision, the larger ocean liner immediately started to list to starboard, then capsized and sank in the morning of July 26. Because of the severe listing, half of the liner's lifeboats were unusable. After the ramming, the liner's efficient technical design allowed it to remain afloat for over 11 hours. While all the liner's 1660 passengers and crew were rescued alive, 46 people were killed in the collision.
On July 27, 1956, the severely damaged MS Stockholm arrived in NYC New York. The ship reported 5 crew killed instantly in the collision. Several crew remained trapped in the vessel's wrecked prow (bow section of the hull).
Despite its damages, MS Stockholm helped 327 passengers and 245 crew rescued from SS Andrea Doria. After the liner sank, Stockholm under its own power arrived in NYC 2 days later.
The ship's crushed bow was repaired during a 3-months long drydock at the cost of USD 1 million.
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