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    Italian cruiseship Silversea Shadow crash into container ship

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This iReporter says he and his wife were sitting in the observation deck of the cruse ship on Friday when they heard a loud fog horn. He says they saw a container ship appear out of the fog and braced for a collision. He said the ship shuddered after the impact and that people and things were knocked to the ground.

    Silversea issued the following statement:

    "Silver Shadow was involved in a minor incident on March 16, 2012 at around 4:20 GMT as it was approaching the pilot station in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. There was contact between Silver Shadow and a local commercial vessel. Silver Shadow incurred limited minor dents and guests' safety was never compromised. The ship was fully operational and continued on its course to Ha Long Bay where all shore tours operated normally.

    "Silversea will carry out a full investigation into the incident."
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    We're on Silversea silver shadow cruise ship and we just collided with a Vietnamese container ship near Halong bay, Vietnam.  We slammed into the side of it, in thick fog

     

    The other ship was severely damaged, and crew hurt, damage to our ship is being asessed in hong kong.  Passengers were called to muster stations.

     

    Our ship has a hole in the bow, heres a pic of the other ship, it was struck in two places - their bridge, and we ripped a large tear in the side too.

     

    I have more pics of the damage, sending this from my cellphone.

     

    Many Brits and U.S. on board

     

    Cruiseline is down playing incident but its serious.

     

    Andrew lock

     

     

    Sent from my iPhone

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