Golden Horizon accidents and incidents

Golden Horizon cruise ship

Former names
Flying Clipper, Brodosplit 483

Length (LOA)
162 m / 531 ft

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CruiseMapper's Golden Horizon cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 330-passenger vessel owned by Tradewind Voyages UK (Star Clippers). Our Golden Horizon accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • 2021 - cancelled 7 inaugural departures from the UK
  • 2021 - ship arrest in Dover (England UK)

16 June 2022Other Incidents

On June 16, 2022, Tradewind Voyages announced that pauses Golden Horizon's operations due to the EU sanctions placed against Russia.

The issue was that Tradewind Voyages uses the banking services of VTB Group (VTB Bank Europe SE, in Main, Germany) which is headquartered in Russia.

15 July 2021Other Incidents

On July 15, 2021, the vessel was arrested in Port Dover (England UK) at the request of Star Clippers.

The Croatia-built and chartered by Tradewind Voyages ship Golden Horizon was originally ordered by Star Clippers (as "Flying Clipper"). After the company didn't receive the vessel, it started a lawsuit against the shipbuilder (Brodosplit) demanding EUR 13 million (~USD 15,4M / ~GBP 11,1M) in damages.

According to some reports, the shipowner had to pay ~EUR 7 million (USD 8,3M / GBP 6M) to release the ship. At the time of the accident, the vessel was registered to the offshore company XB Ahts Hero Shipping (Marshall Islands), managed by Vedrana Debeljak (listed as Director), who is the sister of Tomislav Debeljak (owner of DIV Group and the Brodosplit Shipyard).

Golden Horizon was released on July 16 (at 00:11 UTC) and departed Dover en route to Torquay (Devon, England). The ship's schedule continued as planned.

A joint statement issued on behalf of Brodosplit and Tradewind Voyages said: "In July 2019, Brodosplit Shipyard first offered a “buyers supply” payment, followed by several offers more, but each time it was declined. Finally, on July 14, 2021, at the request of the shipowner, the courts allowed the establishment of a Court Deposit to pay “buyers supply” after the mortgage was taken out. This meant that a mortgage ceased to exist (the reported proceedings commenced a day after the opening of a Court Deposit). The payment was offered voluntarily, as evidenced by the opening of a Court Deposit."

March 2021Other Incidents

In ealry-March 2021, Tradewind Voyages UK announced in a press release that the brand's inauguration (Golden Horizon's Maiden Voyage) is rescheduled from April 22 to July 1 (“Eastern Coastal Contrasts” itinerary roundtrip from Harwich). Next were scheduled the new itineraries "Scotland East to West” (July 6 from Leith-Edinburgh), “West Coast Gems of Scotland” (Jul 15 from Greenock-Glasgow), “Maritime Cities of the North West” (July 21 from Greenock-Glasgow) and “Rounding the South West” (July 25 from Liverpool). Tradewind's cruise program from August 4 onwards remained unchanged.

Next are listed the 7 cancelled cruises with prices per person (with double occupancy)

  • (April 22, 2021) 6-day "The Delivery Voyage" Lisbon-Leixoes (Oporto)-Vigo-La Coruna-Portsmouth - prices from GBP 600 / USD 805 pp.
  • (May 1, 2021) 14-day "Scotland and England" Harwich-Newcastle-Leith (Edinburgh)-Dundee-Aberdeen-Invergordon-Scrabster-Ullapool-Portree-Fort William-Port Ellen (Isle of Islay)-Greenock (Glasgow) - prices from GBP 2700 / USD 3585 pp.
  • (May 15, 2021) 14-day "Wonders of Iceland" Greenock-Reykjavik (overnight)-Isafjordur-Akureyri-Seydisfjordur-Djupivogur-Torshavn (Faroes)-Ullapool-Greenock - prices from GBP 2900 / USD 3830 pp.
  • (May 29, 2021) 14-day "British Isles and Ireland Explorer" (with Channel Islands UK) Greenock-Greencastle-Belfast-Liverpool-Douglas-Dublin-Rosslare-Baltimore-St Mary's Island (Scilly)-Falmouth-St Helier (Jersey)-St Peter Port (Guernsey)-Harwich - prices from GBP 2700 / USD 3585 pp.
  • (June 12, 2021) 21-day "Midnight Sun in the Arctic" Harwich-Norwegian Fjords (cruising)-Floro-Kristiansund-Namsos-Tromso-Hammerfest-Longyearbyen (overnight)-Honningsvag-Andenes-Trondheim-Alesund-Sognefjord (cruising)-Leirvik-Harwich prices from GBP 4250 / USD 5620 pp.
  • (July 3, 2021) 21-day "Best of the Baltics" Harwich-Skagen-Kalundborg-Liepaja-Helsinki-Kotka-St Petersburg (overnight)-Mariehamn (Aland)-Stockholm (overnight)-Visby-Karlskrona-Goteborg-Kristiansand-Harwich - prices from GBP 4450 / USD 5880 pp.
  • (July 24, 2021) 11-day "Fjords of Norway" Harwich-Stavanger-Leirvik-Rosendal-Sognefjord (cruising)-Skjolden-Bergen-Haugesund-Harwich - prices from GBP 2200 / USD 2910 pp.

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