Silver Explorer accidents and incidents

Silver Explorer cruise ship

Former names
Delfin Clipper, Sally Clipper, Baltic Clipper, Delfin Star, Dream 21, World Discoverer, World Adventurer, MS Prince Albert II (Society Expeditions)

Length (LOA)
108 m / 354 ft

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CruiseMapper's Silver Explorer cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 173-passenger vessel owned by Silversea Expeditions (Silversea). Our Silver Explorer 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could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.

  • boat rescue - 2011 (MS Oliva, in Tristan da Cunha)

The vessel was previously operated by Society Expeditions (1989-2007) and by Silversea Cruises since 2007. The ship was operated under the names Delfin Clipper (1989–1990), Sally Clipper (1990-1992), Delfin Star (1992–1997), Dream 21 (1997–2002), World Discoverer (2002–2004), World Adventurer (2004–2008), Prince Albert II (2008-2011) and Silver Explorer (since 2011).

  17 March 2011Boat Rescue

(MS Prince Albert II) On March 17, 2011, the cruise ship's crew assisted the transfer of all the 10 crew from the disabled cargo vessel MS Oliva (launched 2009) to a fishing boat,

At 4 am on March 16, 2011, due to human error (risky navigation) the bulk carrier ran aground off Nightingale Island (Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean). On March 18, the cargo vessel (loaded soya beans) broke in two and subsequently sank.

The freighter was en-route from Santos Brazil to China. All its 22 crew were rescued alive. Over 800 tons of MDO fuel (marine diesel oil) leaked and coated around 20,000 penguins. The accident also resulted in sealife lost as a large area around the shipwreck remained covered with soya beans, removing oxygen from the water.

The cruise ship had a major role in the conducted rescue operation. The crew launched the zodiacs (large inflatable boats used for passenger tendering) and rescued the freighter's remaining crew in dangerous sea conditions. They were catching the seamen jumping off the vessel's pilot ladder into the cruise zodiacs below. The cruise ship was commanded by Captain Alexander Golubev. Afterwards, the ship's housekeeping staff helped in cleaning the oil covered clothing and zodiac boats.

  10 May 2010Structural and Technical Issues

(MS Prince Albert II) On May 10, 2010, the ship was impounded in Portsmouth (Hampshire England) for 24 hours after Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspectors found it was overloaded. They found records incorrectly recorded and the excess load (100 tons) removed from the logbook.

The inspecting officers found 18 deficiencies, of which 4 gave grounds for the vessel's detention. These were overloads (port and starboard "load line" marks submerged), lifeboats "not ready for use", infrequent staff breaks, 3 unsafe fire emergency routes, air bubble in the magnetic compass.

The vessel (managed by V-Ships Leisure) was carrying 120 passengers and left port toward Scotland at midnight on May 11.

  13 June 2004Other Incidents

(MS World Adventurer) On June 18, 2004, mortgage holders took possession of the vessel and the Society Expeditions cruise company ceased operations.  All passengers were flown back home from homeport Nome Alaska.  On June 30, Society Expeditions filed for bankruptcy.

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