Captain – watch the dock…..

MSC has hit the news again this week and all for the wrong reasons. MSC Armonia crashed into the dock heading for the port of Rotan.

The footage of the ship coming in way too fast has hit the internet, MSC Armonia, which is in the middle of a week-long cruise in the Caribbean, failed to slow to a stop and crashed into the dock before running aground on the beach.

The footage of the incident shared by a YouTube user shows witnesses looking on in shock as the MSC Armonia tears into the pier — along with the sounds of the structure crunching under the weight of the 65,000-ton ship.

Shore-side witnesses said it first looked like just another cruise ship docking at Port on the Honduran island of Roatan. However, it soon became clear that MSC Armonia was coming in way too fast and that one or both forward anchors were deployed in an apparently desperate bid to check the 65,000-ton vessel’s momentum.

Moments later, Armonia crashed, tearing a section out of the dock and briefly running aground on the beach behind.

“There was never any risk for guests or crew on board,” MSC Stated “There was also no impact on the environment. 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.”

MSC’s statement further confirmed that passengers were not affected by the incident and that the MSC Armonia had already left for its next port of call in Belize for the following day.

Last year we saw the Celebrity Equinox get a bit too close for comfort in Fort Lauderdale to a residential home. Remember this video?

Maybe some of these captains need a refresher course!

Have you been affected by an incident on a cruise ship like this?

Dawn

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