CMV Astor accidents and incidents

CMV Astor cruise ship

Former names
CMV Jules Verne, Fedor Dostoevskiy

Length (LOA)
176 m / 577 ft

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CruiseMapper's CMV Astor cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 650-passenger vessel owned by Scrapped Cruise Ships. Our CMV Astor 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, virus outbreaks, etc.

  • sold for scrap in 2020 (October)
  • July 2020 - CMV filed for bankruptcy
  • aground - 2004 (Townsville Australia)
  • pier collision/allision - 2018 (Melbourne Australia)
  • pirate attack - 2008

The vessel was previously operated under the names Astor (1987-1988, and since 1995) and Fedor Dostoyevsky (1988–1995 by Black Sea Shipping Company).

15 October 2020Other Incidents

On October 15, the 33-year-old CMV Astor was sold to an undisclosed buyer for USD 1,71 million (EUR 1,44 M). The ship was last refurbished by CMV in 2020.

On November 7, the vessel left Port Tilbury-London en route to ALIAGA (shipbreaking yard near Izmir Turkey).

20 July 2020Other Incidents

On July 20, 2020, CMV's parent company SQTL (South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd) was placed into administration / filed for bankruptcy. The UK-based company traded as "Cruise and Maritime Voyages" (trademarked brand, aka CMV). As Joint Administrators (evaluating SQTL's financial position) were appointed Paul Williams, Phil Dakin and Edward Bines of Duff & Phelps Ltd.

SQTL-CMV's cruisetour packages were protected by ABTA (number V9945). SQTL-CMV's fly-cruise packages are protected by ATOL (number 4619). All CMV cruise bookings (fleetwide/all ships) were effectively cancelled.

In June, SQTL-CMV entered into emergency talks with potential investors and lenders. Unfortunately, the company's efforts to secure funding and stay afloat during the Coronavirus crisis failed. The future of the CMV ships (some SQTL-owned, some chartered) remains unknown.

13 February 2018Ship Collision / Allision

On February 13, 2018, while maneuvering for docking in St Kilda (Port Phillip, Melbourne, Victoria Australia), due to strong / gale force winds the ship collided with the edge of Station Pier. After 2 tugboats pulled the vessel away from the pier, it remained anchored for several hours for hull inspection. No injuries were reported.

Eventually, the ship left port at reduced speed and continued towards Hobart Tasmania. The accident occurred on day 3 of the 7-day Australia to Tasmania cruise (itinerary Feb 11-18) roundtrip from homeport Adelaide (South Australia) to Hobart (overnight) and Burnie.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accident is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

28 November 2008Pirates / Terrorist Attacks

On November 28, 2008, an attempted Somali pirate attack in Gulf of Oman (Arabian Sea) was prevented by the German frigate ship Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Brandenburg class F123 type navy vessel).

21 May 2007Other Incidents

On May 21, 2007, most of the ship's passengers remained stranded ashore. Due to bad weather (heavy rain and wind), embarkation in call port Stornoway (Isle of Lewis, Scotland) was canceled. All previously disembarked passengers remained in port overnight, accommodated in hotels, private homes, and B&Bs.

The ship left Stornoway and collected its passengers the next day (May 22) in call port Invergordon Scotland.

26 February 2004Ship Grounding

On February 26, 2004, after leaving call port Townsville Australia and while navigating at the end of the shipping channel, the ship ran aground (hit soft mud).  The vessel was detained ~2 hours for hull inspection. No Injuries or damages were reported.

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