Mas­sive cruise ship nearly hit tour boat in foggy Hal­i­fax har­bour: re­port

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL -

HAL­I­FAX — A new re­port says a mas­sive cruise ship car­ry­ing 2,770 peo­ple nar­rowly missed a smaller tour boat in thick fog last sum­mer in Hal­i­fax har­bour. The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board re­port, re­leased Thurs­day, says the Sum­mer Bay, with 39 peo­ple on board, was just 25 me­tres away when it crossed the bow of the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas. It says the smaller boat’s cap­tain made a num­ber of mis­takes — he thought there was other traf­fic in the har­bour when he mis­in­ter­preted radar data, but didn’t slow down or take other steps to ver­ify the in­for­ma­tion. It also says he was in­cor­rect about his lo­ca­tion in the har­bour at the time. There was no col­li­sion and no one was hurt. The re­port says the owner of the Sum­mer Bay — Mur­phy’s the Ca­ble Wharf — has de­vel­oped stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for its ves­sel mas­ters in re­duced vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions.

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