Guam – Last night, a cruise ship, the Nippon Maru ran into a a US Navy Fuel Pier at the inner Apra Harbor. The Nippon Maru was carrying 524 passengers and a crew of 244 as it departed Guam en route to Saipan when she collided with Delta Pier.
Initial assessments indicated that the lower portion of the stern on the starboard side was punctured resulting in a gap measuring 5 by 7 feet.
PNC reached out to Lt. Commander Karl Lettow from the Joint Region Marianas, who confirmed that there were no injuries reported and no fuel spilled as a result of the collision to a fuel pier. The matter is currently under investigation.
PNC also reached out to Mitsui OSK Lines, the parent company of the Nippon Maru, but as of press time, no response was received.
According to Port General Manager Joanne Brown, “The accident is unfortunate but we are thankful that the passengers and crew members were not injured.”
The Nippon Maru has returned to Port and she is currently docked at the F4 Pier.
The Nippon Maru, received an award for “Outstanding Performance” in the Cruise of the Year 2018 category just days prior to this incident. The awards ceremony was held on December 13, and the Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association presented the award.
This story is developing.News Release- Passenger Vessel Nippon Maru Marine Incident