Norwegian Cruise Line “wind” is the cause of the collision.
Norwegian Cruise Line “wind” caused a collision between the Norwegian Epic, and a couple of mooring points on a pier in Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
The ship, which left Orlando for a multi-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, was not scheduled to dock in Puerto Rico, but diverted to San Juan, possibly as a result of a mechanical problem, The Miami Herald reported, citing a cruise ship message board.
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Images of the collision was captured by a passenger of another ship in San Juan, with the cruise liner is making contact with the moorings secured.
“That’s going to hit. That’s gonna hit!” the passenger recording the video is heard saying. The clip then shows the Epic scraping against one of the mooring points, to steer in the water.
A second anchor point is taken a moment later to be pulled underwater in the wake of the ship.
The passenger that are included in the images is also called the incident an #EpicFail in the caption.
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Additional photos shared on social media appear to show large scratches in the hull of the ship. Users have also suggested that the partial loss of power, and the possible loss of the engines, were the causes for the ship to be diverted to Puerto Rico in the first place.
“The prevailing wind caused the vessel to lean towards the pier, damaging two mooring points on the Pier 3 East,” a spokesman for the cruise line confirmed to the Miami Herald.
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“No injuries reported and the guests are currently disembarking from the ship, as previously planned. We work closely with local authorities to assess the damage.”