The report confirms that the accident caused by excessive speed during manoeuvring and the underestimated effects of the ship in ballast, such as partially submerged propellers and rudder blades with limited manoeuvrability, are considered to be the causes of this serious accident when berthing with a destroyed gantry crane.
The MOF’s Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal’s (KMST) investigations showed that Milano Bridge entered the port with about one-third of its propeller exposed above the water surface because it was not carrying sufficient ballast water. Milano Bridge was ballasting at the time, having departed from Zhoushan DDW PaxOcean Shipyard in China, after undergoing repairs.
KMST noted that Milano Bridge sailed towards the pier at a speed of 8 knots, which was higher than the usual speed of 6 knots when berthing. Wind speed at the time was 5 to 8 metres per second, which is considered normal.
KMST also calculated that the accident could have been avoided if Milano Bridge had slowed to less than 7 knots when approaching the pier.
The "Milano Bridge" is now undergoing repairs in Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company’s yard in China.
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Video Busan Port: Collision of MILANO BRIDGE with cranes and container ship SEASPAN GANGES
Found on YouTube. Created by SailorsTV on Apr 6.
Container ship MILANO BRIDGE in the afternoon Apr 6 contacted gantry crane 85 at Busan New Port container terminal while proceeding to berth 7 with pilot on board, then she contacted berthed container ship SEASPAN GANGES, and moving on momentum further on, contacted cranes 81 and 84. Crane 85 collapsed, cranes 81 and 84 were derailed, crane 85 operator was slightly injured.
SEASPAN GANGES left port shortly after accident, understood damages were slight or none.
MILANO BRIDGE as of 1100 UTC wasn’t yet moored, probably because of crane debris on her stern.
Watch also (video of AIS track)
Unofficial internal company timeline report
Thanks for serious comments. We only show the incident objectively and we do not allow ourselves to make a quick judgement about what happened.
This is a terrible accident, especially for the involved crews on ships and cranes, the captain and the pilot. Please have respect for the people! We will have to wait for the investigation and will continue to report on it.
Nobody wants to experience such an accident themselves.
Video AIS track of MILANO BRIDGE on 6 April 2020 (Busan port)
According to AIS past track data, the vessel was obviously too fast on 9 knots and also going down the wind (4-5 bft., take a look at the exhaust from the stack) when entered the inner harbour considering the size and displacement. That speed was approximate 3 ship lengths to the pier and there was the on pier wind after the turn.
Why the ship entered the port so fast will be the subject of the investigations to be awaited.
Knowing South Korea procedures there will be no just marine accident but also a criminal investigation into the accident.
Luckily no human serious casualties occurred.
Watch also (video of the accident)
Unofficial internal company timeline report
Video Detailed Track of "Milano Bridge" in Busan Apr 6 2020
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Video Frontal collision between two vessels on Welland Canal yesterday (Canada)
Found on YouTube. Created by "Welland Memes TV".
An investigation is underway following a collision between "Florence Spirit" and "Alanis" in the Welland Canal.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Saturday near Port Robinson when the dry bulk cargo ship "Alanis", which was carrying windmill parts to Duluth, Minnesota, collided during a passing maneuver with the "Florence Spirit", which was carrying coal on its way to Quebec.
According to the "Welland Tribune", the Florence Spirit was heading down the canal while the MV Alanis was heading up the canal just south of Port Robinson when the accident happened.
A St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation official told the Tribune that the two vessels collided starboard side to starboard side, adding that the Florence Spirit sustained more damage because it was sitting lower in the water.
The Alanis was carrying windmill parts to Deluth, Minnesota, and the Florence Spirit was carrying coal to Quebec.
No one was injured in the crash and no cargo was spilled.
The collision did not interrupt traffic on the canal.
Both ships were towed to two different locations. The Alanis is currently docked at Port Colborne while the Florence Spirit is docked in Thorold.
We're working to gather more information about the incident.