Like landing a plane, docking a cruise ship is always a tricky undertaking. Misjudge your final approach, and accidents can, and do happen – like this one in Central America.
After completing a journey from Cozumel, Mexico, the 902-foot MSC Armonia was coming into Port Coxen Hole on the Honduran island of Roatan, when it got its entry all wrong.
Travelling too quickly, the 65,000-ton vessel tried to slow its momentum by deploying either one or both of its forward anchors, NPR reported.
But its efforts were to no avail, as the ocean liner crashed into the pier before briefly running aground on an adjacent beach.
“While manoeuvring alongside, for reasons that are currently still being duly investigated, the ship deviated from her course and grazed the end of the pier,” MSC Cruises told NPR.
“There was never any risk for guests or crew on board. As to the ship, the damage was minor. She has also since been cleared by Honduran Port State Control authorities to continue her journey as soon as the necessary repairs are concluded. At the present time, ship personnel and external experts are still at work to complete such repairs.”
Sadly, the same can’t be said of the dock. A video of the incident captured by marine industry news service gCaptain, shows it was badly damaged in the incident.
In another Facebook Live video posted by Real Deal Roatan Tours, a narrator says the ship “literally destroyed the dock”.
“The dock is gone,” he said.
The Armonia, which has a capacity of 2,679 passengers, is on a two-week cruise to the Caribbean.
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