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The Marine Safety Investigation Unit investigates a collision involving the Maltese passenger ship Celestyal Crystal

27 June 2015

The Marine Safety Investigation Unit, in collaboration with the Marshall Islands authorities is investigating a collision involving the Maltese registered passenger ship Celestyal Crystal and the Marshall Islands registered oil tanker STI Pimlico. Both ships reported structural damages.

Celestyal Crystal was on a cruise from Lavrio to Istanbul with 853 passengers on board when the accident happened on Saturday 27 June 2015 at about 0126 (UTC) in the North exit of the Dardanelles Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.

The Marine Safety Investigation Unit is informed that the passengers on the Maltese ship and the crew members on board both ships are reported to be safe and in good health. Initial reports also indicate that STI Pimlico has reported a breach in one of her cargo tanks with some oil seeping into the water.

Since Saturday early morning, officials from the Marine Safety Investigation Unit and the Merchant Shipping Directorate have been in constant contact with the International Safety Managers of the passenger ship and the flag State Administration of the Marshall Islands. As part of the safety investigation being conducted by the Marine Safety Investigation Unit, a safety investigator will be deployed to investigate the accident.