MSC Cruises is investigating why one of its ships “deviated from her course” and ended up tearing apart a dock in Honduras on Tuesday morning.
Crew members attempted to slow the ship upon realizing it was traveling too fast into port, according to NPR, reportedly by throwing two anchors overboard just before the ship hit the dock.
But while the anchors may have been deployed too late to slow the vessel’s entry into port, damage to the MSC Armonia itself was said to be minimal.
“As to the ship, the damage was minor,” MSC stated. “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.”
MSC’s statement further confirmed that passengers were not affected by the incident, and that the MSC Armonia has already left for its next port of call in Belize on Wednesday morning.
The MSC Armonia’s accident follows a similar cruise-bruising incident from October 2017, in which the Disney Dream accidentally backed into a pier in the Bahamas and caused “minor” damage to the hull of the vessel.
Source: NY Post