MOL suspends cruise shipmaster following Guam incident

MOL suspends cruise shipmaster following Guam incident 

Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, a part of Japan’s shipping major MOL, has suspended the Master of one of its cruise ships after an allision in Guam.

The Master in charge of maneuvering the 22,472 gross ton Nippon Maru was suspended pending the results of the investigation as there were reports of alcohol use on the day of the accident.

The company also suspended cruises after Nippon Maru allided with a US Navy fuel pier in Apra Harbor, Port of Guam, in the evening hours of December 30, 2018.

The vessel, which was carrying 372 passengers and a crew of 252 on board, was scheduled to sail to Saipan.

“Fortunately, no passengers or members of the crew were injured, and there was no fuel spillage as a result of the collision,” MOL said.

The Nippon Maru returned to port and is currently docked and undergoing a full assessment. 

An initial examination shows that the ship sustained damage to the lower portion of the stern.  

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