Ben-my-Chree

Ben-my-Chree

Ben My Chree
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On February 12, the 117 meter long, 4168 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Ben-my-Chree allided with a pier at Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man. The Ben-my-Chree had departed from Wirral for Douglas and Heysham. As the ferry arrived in Douglas, strong winds caused the vessel to veer and strike the King Edward Pier.

The Ben-my-Chree and the pier sustained damaged, but there were no reports of injuries to passengers or crew. Reports state the Ben-my-Chree cancelled its voyage to Heysham and multiple vessels was en route to resume freight and passenger service the following day.

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

On January 20, the 366 meter long, 147420 dwt container ship Manhattan Bridge suffered an explosion while berthing at the terminal in Felixstowe, England. A build up of steam caused the a back-fire explosion in the engine room killing one crewman and injuring another.  The explosion was loud enough to be heard by people living near the terminal.  The Marine Accident & Investigation Branch (MAIB)  has launched an investigation into the incident.