SILVER SHADOW leaving Los Angeles Oct. 3, 2009, photo © Shawn J. Dake 2009

Monaco-based Silversea Cruises’ MV SILVER SHADOW has collided with another ship in thick fog near Vietnam.

The 2000-built, 28,258 gt SILVER SHADOW was about five miles off the coast in Ha Long Bay when the accident occurred on Friday morning. The ultra deluxe cruise ship reportedly slammed into the side of a Vietnamese container ship.

There were reports of damage to the container ship and unconfirmed crew injuries.  There were no reports of injuries on the SILVER SHADOW, which passengers described as receiving some damage to her bow. SILVER SHADOW continued her voyage after only 90 minutes.

SILVER SHADOW was carrying passengers mainly from the UK and US.

In a statement, Silversea Cruises said, “SILVER SHADOW was involved in a minor incident on March 16, 2012, at around 4:20 GMT as it was approaching the pilot station in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. There was contact between SILVER SHADOW and a local commercial vessel. SILVER SHADOW incurred limited minor dents and guests’ safety was never compromised. The ship was fully operational and continued on its course to Ha Long Bay, where all shore tours operated normally.”

Silversea said it was carrying out a full investigation into the incident.

MV SILVER SHADOW at Antigua. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2008.

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