CNN iReport contains a first hand account from a passenger describing a collision between Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow cruise ship and what is being described as a Vietnamese container ship near Halong bay, Vietnam. The report indicates damage to both the cruise ship and the container ship. The passenger's account and a photograph of the damaged container ship are below:
"We're on Silversea silver shadow cruise ship and we just collided with a Vietnamese container ship near Halong bay, Vietnam. We slammed into the side of it, in thick fog
The other ship was severely damaged, and crew hurt, damage to our ship is being asessed in hong kong. Passengers were called to muster stations.
Our ship has a hole in the bow, heres a pic of the other ship, it was struck in two places - their bridge, and we ripped a large tear in the side too.
I have more pics of the damage, sending this from my cellphone.
Many Brits and U.S. on board
Cruiseline is down playing incident but its serious.
Andrew lock Sent from my iPhone"
11:00 AM Update: Silversea Cruises issued a press statement this morning, admitting only that a “minor incident” occurred last Friday (March 16th) as the cruise ship was approaching Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
"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 will carry out a full investigation into the incident."
Silvereas is mum regarding the extent of the damage to the container vessel or whether there were casualties aboard the other vessel.
Silverseas did not release information until after the collision was reported on CNN and mentioned repeatedly on Twitter.
2:00 PM Update:
Cruise passenger Andrew Lock has a facebook page where he uploaded photos and a video describing the events.
CNN has excellent coverage of the story. CNN's video is below:
If you were on the cruise and have additional information, photographs or video, please leave a comment below.
Photo credit: Andrew Lock via CNN iReport