Portland Spirit Cruises & Events Ship Portland Spirit Collided with Boaters of the Redbull Flugtag Event on the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon. – Saturday, August 1, 2015, cruise ship Portland Spirit was involved in a collision with boaters at the Red Bull Flugtag event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon. See on our live Portland Oregon Cruise Ship Tracker.
Around 1500 hours the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was contacted by the captain of Portland Spirit regarding an incident. The USCG said that they received notification from the Portland Spirit indicating the vessel was unable to pass through the congested river because of small boat traffic from the Redbull Flugtag event.
A collision resulted when Portland Spirit coasted into boaters with a “transfer of paint” resulting. Reports say boaters were able to push the Portland Spirit away from their boat using their hands and feet. You can can see in the photographs above, the river was very congested and a woman bend over the hull pushing Portland Spirit with her hands.
President of the Portland Spirit, Dan Yates said, “My Captain and lookouts saw people in their anchored vessels, fender off the Spirit with their hands. The Spirit was making almost no way and at 360 tons cannot stop that quickly. As far as we know no boats struck the Spirit, but several people pushed their boats away from the Spirit. We are sorry the event organizers failed to keep the channel clear like they have in their two previous visits to Portland.
According to Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard did surround the ship as it came through during its second pass, giving the Portland Spirit an escort through the crowd.
Red Bull Flugtag event permit was revoked due the lack of event coordination and disruption of vessel operations in the river. Coast Guard Petty First Class Officer said th event’s permit was revoked, saying that it was Red Bull’s responsibility to make sure they didn’t disrupt commercial river traffic.