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Mali Rose collides with boats in Penzance harbour

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's new freight ship Mali Rose collided with a yacht and fishing trawler in Penzance harbour on Saturday (September 10th).

Photos by Ginny Rowe

The company said it is launching an investigation into the incident, which happened at 6.25pm.

A spokesman said: "The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's freight vessel, the Mali Rose, was involved in a minor incident on Saturday 9th September at 18:25 when entering Penzance Harbour. It has been confirmed that no-one was hurt. At this stage it is thought that the ship collided with a trawler and small yacht within the wet dock area of the harbour.

"The extent of the damage is in the process of being evaluated and the Company’s marine team has commenced a full investigation of the incident."

The Steamship Group later announced that there would be no sailing today (September 11th) while "our freight ship systems and processes are reviewed".

The firm wrote in a letter to islanders: "We hope to carry as much freight as possible on the Scillonian III tomorrow in order to minimise any disruption to customers. Weather conditions over the coming days may also have an impact on the scheduling of operations so we will provide further updates at the earliest opportunity.

"The company would like to take this opportunity to thank islanders for their understanding and it is doing everything it can to resume normal services as soon as possible.

"For all freight queries please direct your enquiries to: St Mary’s Quay: 01720 424230 OR Penzance Freight Office: 01736 334249. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused."

The 842-ton Mali Rose made its initial freight run to Scilly in early August, replacing the Gry Maritha, which has served the islands for 27 years.

The ship was acquired in May 2016 and due to enter service last autumn.

Steamship Group CEO Rob Goldsmith told This is Scilly in May of this year: "The Mali Rose is 12.6 metres longer and a metre wider than the Gry Maritha so there will inevitably be a period of training and testing as our crews familiarise themselves with the handling and manoeuvring of a larger vessel in our local operating environment."


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