MS Saint Laurent cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9213129, owned by the Danish company Clipper Group AS. The ship’s current charterer is Haimark Line. Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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MS Victory I (Saint Laurent) accidents & incidents
At the MS Saint Laurent CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Cruise Maritime ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.
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St Laurent River canal collision accident
- June 18, 2015, during its first season for the Haimark Line, the vessel was en-route to Toronto from Montreal, operating on the North American Great Lakes cruise itinerary. At ~9:15 pm, the ship collided with one of the 7 canal locks (Eisenhower Lock, near Massena NY) on St Lawrence River. The river is part of the of the St Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. During the incident, the ship carried 192 passengers plus 81 crew. USG was alerted ~30 min after the collision. The ship reported a total of 22 injured (19 passengers and 3 crew). They were the first evacuated. Subsequently,all passengers (most of them of French and Swiss nationality) were offloaded. All onboard services remained fully functional.
- Some 15 min after entering the lock (which is ~80 ft / 24 m wide), the ship (commanded by Captain Jens Hoybe and assisted by a local pilot) hit the concrete wall. The collision with the barrier resulted in a major damage (hull breach – 10 ft / 3 m long gash to the bow) and the cruise ship started taking on water. To prevent sinking, the whole Eisenhower Lock chamber had to be completely drained, with its doors shut.
- On June 22, the St Laurent ship was refloated, exited the lock chamber (with all its passengers safely offloaded) and the Eisenhower Lock was reopened. At ~4 pm (June 22), the St Lawrence Seaway navigation was resumed. The breached vessel was first towed by a tugboat and then under her own power arrived at the Verreault shipyard (Les Méchins, Quebec) for repairs.
- On June 23, the operator Haimark Line canceled the next scheduled cruise (June 26). On July 3, the line cancelled a second 10-days cruise (previously scheduled for July 5). The ship resumed service on July 14, leaving from Chicago to Montreal.
- The St Lawrence Seaway was closed (out of commission) for nearly 2 days (~42 hours), with a total of 7 cargo ships being delayed. Another major maritime accident in the Eisenhower Lock was the MV Venus (oil tanker) explosion in 1972.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- Note: The Saint Laurent cruise ship was built under the name “Sea Voyager” for the Copenhagen (Denmark) based Clipper Group AS. The company specializes in marine shipping, cruise shipping, and also car and passenger ferries. Currently, the vessel is operated under charter by the Haimark Line – specializing in small ship expedition cruise touring. Before entering service for Haimark, the vessel was extensively refurbished in Charleston SC.
- May 30, 2015, after changing its name from “Cape May Light”, the ship started its inaugural season for the Haimark Line with a 10-days Canada to USA cruise itinerary (May 30 to June 8) leaving from Montreal Quebec to Portland Maine.
- February 2016, the ship charterer (operator) Haimark Line canceled all the scheduled for 2016 cruises to Cuba from Miami (10-nights in length) due to the company’s bankruptcy. Haimark Line wasn’t operating any cruises since the Saint Laurent cruise ship collision accident in October 2015 (see above). Haimark Line filed for bankruptcy on October 30 (2015) under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code and cancelled all departures scheduled for the ship. In an official statement in Nov 2015, the company blamed the accident for its bankruptcy, citing unresolved insurance issues. The bankruptcy didn’t affect the Haimark Ltd company specializing in Asia river cruises.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- October 25, 2016 (as MS Victory I), a dead male passenger was found on the ship while it was docked at Reynolds Park (Clay County Port). According to the port’s master, the man died of natural causes.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- June 18, 2015, a total of 19 passengers and 3 of the ship’s crew sustained minor injuries during the St Lawrence river collision accident (see in “Pier collision” above). The injured were evacuated by USCG assets (using aerial ladders) and transported to Massena Memorial Hospital. Most of the injured passengers (17) were released by 2 am (on June 19), and 2 were ambulanced to the Burlington’s University of Vermont Medical Center (fka Fletcher Allen Health Care).
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