MV Corinthian accidents and incidents

MV Corinthian cruise ship

Former names
Orion II, Clelia II, Renaissance Four

Length (LOA)
88 m / 289 ft

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  • propulsion/power loss – 2010 (hit rocks in Antarctica), 2010 (rogue wave in the Drake Passage)

The vessel was previously operated under the names Renaissance Four (by Renaissance Cruises), Clelia II (by Travel Dynamics International), Orion II (by Orion Expedition Cruises) and Corinthian (by GCCL / Grand Circle Cruise Line since 2013).

08 December 2010Structural and Technical Issues

(MS Clelia II) On December 8, 2010, the ship sustained damages caused by a rogue wave. The chartered by Polar Cruises vessel was transitting through the Drake Passage (between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica) when was hit by a large wave.

The ship was carrying a total of 88 passengers and 77 crew. It returned safely back to homeport Ushuaia Argentina) escorted by a Chilean Navy vessel. No injuries were reported. The accident resulted in Navigation Bridge (broken window) damage and electrical malfunctions temporarily affecting one of the engines and the communications.

The ship was navigating in heavy seas with high waves and strong winds (speeds up to 56 mph / 90 kph). The accident occurred northeast of South Shetland Islands, approx 530 ml / 850 km from Ushuaia. Following inspections and repairs, the cruise ship re-entered service on December 26.

28 December 2009Propulsion / Power Loss

(MS Clelia II) On December 28, 2009, the ship suffered a starboard propeller damage after hitting a rock. The vessel was navigating off Petermann Island (Graham Land, Antarctica) when strong currents pushed it against rocks. The accident resulted in shutting down the starboard diesel engine and total blackout (electrical power loss).

The onboard back-up power generator was used to offload all the passengers. They were first landed, then transferred to the fleet mate MS Corinthian 2 (now Hebridean Sky). The ship was carrying a total of 53 passengers, 12 staff and 65 crew. No injuries were reported.

~1,5 hours after the collision, the port diesel engine was restarted and confirmed fully operational. At reduced speed and escorted by MS Corinthian 2, the damaged ship returned back to homeport Ushuaia (Argentina). Both ships arrived in Ushuaia on December 30.

The next two scheduled Antarctic cruises (itineraries December 29 - January 8, and January 8-18) were canceled, allowing the vessel to enter drydock in Punta Arenas (Chile) for repairs. During the drydock was determined that the damaged propeller must be replaced. The new unit was delivered from a Danish manufacturer and installed in March 2010. The ship re-entered service on March 20, with an Amazon River cruise.

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