June 16th -2015
.Portuguese master of mv
Hamburg cruise liner, which
was damaged going over rocky
shoals in May this year,
Captain Joao Manuel Fernandes Simoes (58) pleaded guilty to failure to properly passage plan in breach of SOLAS and failure to report the incident contrary to the Merchant Shipping vessel traffic monitoring and reporting requirement regulations, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) informed. He was fined with a total of £813.
The Hamburg called in to Tobermory en route from Dublin to Hamburg on May 11th, 2015. The 5,000-ton, 420 passenger cruise ship is owned by the Conti Group and operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten.
The Bay could not be entered on arrival as there were already two other cruise liners so the Hamburg remained outside about two miles to the North East of the popular port. The call to enter came at around 1pm and a course was set direct to the port.
The track took the ship close to a starboard hand channel buoy, but the approach was from the north of the buoy, not the west, over rocky shoals
The port side grazed along the side of the rocks and the propeller struck causing the ship to temporarily black out and also bottom damage. The port engine could no longer be used and the ship limped in to Tobermory Bay. After an internal inspection the ship was instructed by owners to proceed to Belfast.
The Surveyor in Charge of MCA Glasgow, Fraser Heasley said: “This incident could very nearly have ended in tragedy.The master failed in his duty to keep a proper lookout and to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew."