Dover Seaways ferry accidents and incidents

Dover Seaways ferry cruise ship
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Former names
Maersk Dover (Norfolkline)

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  • pier collision / allision - 2014 (Dover England)

In the period 2005-2010, the vessel was operated under the name "Maersk Dover" by Norfolkline (Maersk-owned shipping company, aquired by DFDS Seaways in July 2010.

DateAccident
  09 November 2014Ship Collision / Allision

On November 9, 2014, at ~8 am, the ship collided with the breakwater's end (harbour wall) upon leaving homeport Dover (England) and en-route to Dunkirk (France). The ferry was carrying a total of 320 passengers. Several passengers and crew sustained minor injuries and were treated at ship's infirmary. Four passengers were medevaced to a land hospital.

The accident resulted in severe forward hull damage - to the bulbous bow and bow apron (aka "cow catcher"). The ship returned to its berth without tugboat assistance. According to MAIB investigation report (2015), breakwater contact was due to loss of directional control when the ferry turned towards harbour’s eastern entrance. Its engines were at "full astern" and the starboard anchor was released, but these actions failed to prevent the collision (at speed 6,5 kph / 4 mph). The loss of control was due to mode change in the steering system. The change was not intentionally initiated and remained unexplained. Navigation Bridge response was positive, but officers' action to stop the vessel was too late.

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

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