Major Accident on the Panama Canal

Tuesday, July 24 2007 @ 08:55 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Last night at approximately 12:15 am (shortly after midnight in the early morning hours of 24 July 2007) two vessels collided head-on in the fog near Gamboa while transiting the Panama Canal. The bulk carrier White Mist (IMO 7821506) collided with the bulker Miltiades (IMO 8208323) south of canal marker 101, in the curve heading into the Cuebra Cut. Both of the canal pilots responsible for navigating the vessels through the Panama Canal were "step H," meaning they are very experienced and fully rated. The accident occurred in a thick fog in very poor visibility conditions. The two vessels hit head-on and actually became "welded" or stuck together. They were towed back to the moorings in Gamboa where they were separated. The White Mist was taking on some water but is not in danger of sinking. Damage to both vessels was considerable but no one was injured in this accident.
Damage High Above the Water Line: The Miltiades is empty and riding high, the damage to her bow obvious.


Heavy and Low: The White Mist (ironic name, considering the accident occurred in a heavy fog) is loaded and riding low. There is considerable crushing damage to the bow of the ship.


Overview of the Miltiades at anchor in Gamboa in the Panama Canal.


Overview of the White Mist at anchor in Gamboa in the Panama Canal.

Copyright 2007, Photos and Text by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. As usual, go ahead and use whatever you want as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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