Asuka 2 accidents and incidents

Asuka 2 cruise ship

Former names
Crystal Harmony, MHI hull 2100

Length (LOA)
241 m / 791 ft

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CruiseMapper's Asuka 2 cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 960-passenger vessel owned by NYK Cruises Japan (Small Cruise Lines). Our Asuka 2 accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • fires - 1990 (during the inaugural cruise), 2020 (Port Yokohama)
  • pollution - 2002 (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California USA)
  • injuries/crimes – overboard (2005 rescued)

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Crystal Harmony (1990-2006 by Crystal Cruises) and Asuka II (since 2006 by NYK Line / Nippon Yusen Kaisha).

16 June 2020Fire Accident

On June 16, 2020, the cruise liner reported a top deck fire (forward on Deck 12), with billowing smoke visible near the satellite antennas. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ship was passenger-free and docked here since April 1. The fire started in an area generally used for storing materials. No injuries were reported.

The accident occurred while the vessel was berthed in Port Yokohama (at Osanbashi Pier). The fire started at ~1:30 PM Tokyo time (~4:30 AM UTC). It was put out by ~4:15 PM (~7:15 AM UTC), with the assistance of the deployed to the pier fire trucks and firefighting boats.

24 February 2005Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(MS Crystal Harmony / overboard) On February 24, 2005, a 49-year-old male passenger was reported fell overboard.

The incident occurred at ~6 am, while the ship was approx 100 mi / 160 km south of Ensenada (Baja California, Mexico). Fortunately, the falling overboard man was seen by a kitchen crew. A life ring was immediately thrown to him. The ship stopped and launched a rescue boat. The man was recovered alive ~30 min later.

March 2003Sea Pollution

(MS Crystal Harmony) In March 2003, the ship was reported for sea pollution in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (California USA). The vessel discharged around 36,000 gallons (~3800 litres) of grey water, treated bilge water and treated sewage. The shipowner Crystal Cruises stated that the discharge was not reported because it wasn't illegal.

07 October 1990Fire Accident

(MS Crystal Harmony) On October 7, 1990, during the ship's inaugural cruise (South America and the Caribbean via Panama Canal itinerary), the vessel suffered a fire accident caused by a fuel leak in the auxiliary engine room. The ship was approx 200 ml / 320 km from Cristobal (Colon, Panama).

The accident resulted in power loss and drifting for ~16 hours. After the urgent repairs were made by the crew, the ship managed to continue under its own power and disembark all passengers in Colon, Panama. The repairs were completed in Curacao, to where the ship was escorted by a tugboat.

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