Statement On the Collision of Gas Tanker and Yacht in Bahamian Waters

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The Ministry of Transport and Housing has received information regarding a collision between the yacht “Utopia IV” and the gas tanker “Tropic Breeze” at approximately 10:10 PM on Thursday, 23rd of December, 2021, which resulted in damage to both vessels and injuries to several crew members.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was informed of the incident and dispatched the P-125 to assist. Shortly after, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was informed that the crew of the “Utopia IV” was being assisted by a passing vessel, the “Amara”.

At approximately 12:39 AM, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a report from the “Utopia IV” that the vessel was taking on water and was making its way to Prince George Wharf. The Harbour Patrol Unit was promptly informed and dispatched the P-40 vessel to assist. The “Utopia IV” arrived at Prince George Wharf at 1:26 AM escorted by the P-40.

The Attorney General’s office has been consulted for legal guidance on this matter. The Port Department has begun a formal investigation into the incident, and the Department of Environmental Health is also conducting a review of the environmental impact. These activities are currently underway. An update will be provided upon completion of the investigation.

27 December 2021

Source: Ministry of Transport & Housing