Posted on October 24, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Italian-flagged Cargo RoRo, MASSIMO MURA collided with the Greek-flagged Passenger RoRo, ARIADNE in the afternoon of October the 23rd while attempting to berth at the port of Cagliari, Sardinia.
The incident occurred at approximately 15:30 as the MASSIMO MURA was entering port with the assistance of two tugs.
There were strong winds in the area, with gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour. Due to the adverse weather conditions, the towing cable broke, sending the Massimo Mura towards the moored Ariadne.
The Murra’s bow hit the Ariadne, which was preparing to leave at the time, on its starboard side, causing some superficial damage.
The impact had been rather strong, but after some manoeuvres, they managed to disengage and return to the quay.
Thankfully no one was injured during the incident and there was no sign of pollution.
The Cagliari Port Authority proceeded to conduct an investigation into the collision, so as to better understand the reasons behind the incident.
The Ariadne left the port later in the day, at 19:45 pm, headed for Naples. The Mura sailed off from the port during the early morning hours of the next day, headed towards Livorno.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic.