Near miss on har­bour

Cruise ship al­most hit tour boat last sum­mer

StarMetro Halifax - - HALIFAX -

A mas­sive cruise ship car­ry­ing 2,770 peo­ple nar­rowly missed a smaller tour boat in thick fog last sum­mer in Hal­i­fax Har­bour, a new re­port says.

The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board re­port, re­leased Thurs­day, says the Sum­mer Bay, with 39 peo­ple on board, crossed the bow of the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas with just 25 me­tres to spare.

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 a time when vis­i­bil­ity was re­stricted to be­tween 100 and 200 me­tres.

“The Grandeur of the Seas bridge team was un­aware that the Sum­mer Bay was cross­ing their bow un­til the pi­lot saw the Sum­mer Bay’s mast as it ap­peared from un­der­neath the bow on the star­board side, af­ter it had al­ready crossed,” said the re­port.

The two crossed paths on June 29, 2016, at 9:42 a.m. in the outer har­bour be­tween Mc­nab’s Is­land and Pur­cell’s Cove.

The 238-me­tre Grandeur of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean and based in Bal­ti­more, is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the har­bour; the 15-me­tre Sum­mer Bay is a day-tour boat run by Mur­phy’s the Cable Wharf, Hal­i­fax’s largest tour boat com­pany.

The cap­tain of the Sum­mer Bay, go­ing 7.5 knots, told the pi­lot of the cruise ship, go­ing 10 knots, that it “would keep well clear by stay­ing to the west of

Trans­porta­tion safety Board of Canada

the Grandeur of the Seas had a close call in June 2016.

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