Posted on May 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United States Training ship, Golden Bear collided with a pier crane in the morning of May the 21st while the vessel was trying to berth at the town of Bridgetown, Barbados.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 am, as the vessel was preparing to dock at the port. The shoreside gantry crane’s jib arm made contact with the ship’s mast, almost taking it clean off.
As a result, the mast completely collapsed, crashing onto the vessel’s main deck. Thankfully, however, no injuries were reported following the accident.
Multiple agencies have opened an investigation into the incident, including the US Coast Guard, the US Maritime Administration and the California Maritime Academy who owns the training vessel in question.
It’s not likely however that they will attribute blame to the ship’s Captain, Capt. Sam Pecota. Reportedly, the vessel had not been under Pecota’s control at the time.
According to Bobby King, a spokesman for the California Maritime Academy, the vessel had brought on a pilot from Bridgetown in order to navigate the vessel into the port. Initial reports suggest that he was still in control of the ship when it crashed into the crane.
“I’ve never remotely had anything like this happen. It could have been much worse. But it’s part of the learning; it’s not ideal. But things do happen at sea. Things that are beyond your control. There certainly is an opportunity to learn something as a result of this,” said King in a statement.