Enchantment Of The Seas Anchor Drag Collision Grand Cayman – On November 2, 2006, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Enchantment Of The Seas drags it’s anchor 300 meters before crashing into a barge, just off Pageant Beach. It is the second anchor dragging incident within the past month.
The barge was moored off the coast of George Town, Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands during rough weather, which deteriorated very quickly, a squall caused a gust of wind from the south to South East peaking to 40 knots.
Ships can maintain their position at anchor up to 25 knots, but the squall caused the anchor to be dragged north, sending it into the barge in a matter of about three minutes.
The location of the accident was just off Pageant Beach.
The ship had arrived in port about three hours earlier, and most of the passenger had gone ashore. Those onboard felt a sharp jolt, similar to a ship going aground.
The bang resulted in two dents on the port side of the ship and a long 100–foot scrape.
The barge, which was moored, did not move after it had been struck by the ship. The anchor was pulled following the incident and the ship remained at engine for the rest of the afternoon.
It is unclear why the ship had dropped anchor instead of remaining at engine, given the poor weather conditions.
George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. As of 2007, the city had a population of 28,836, making it the second largest city (by population) of all the British Overseas Territories.
George Town’s city limits extend from the east at the edge of the South Shore District, north just beyond Owen Roberts International Airport, south to Hog Sty Bay and west to Seven Mile Beach and the West Bay District. George Town’s famous Seven Mile Beach is a long crescent of coral-sand beach extending up to the West Bay region of Grand Cayman and is the most popular and populated area for tourists on the island