Contributed by: Don WinnerBy 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.
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.