Norwegian Ship Crashes into Puerto Rico Dock
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic crashed into a dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, causing significant structural damage.
The ship had some power loss on Monday, which led to canceled calls in Tortola and St. Thomas. With the help of tugboats, Epic made it to San Juan for repairs where, according to Cruceros Puerto Rico, it struck pier 3 due to strong winds in the bay. No injuries were reported onboard, but the damages to the two mooring point sections of the pier will be very costly.
A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line gave the following statement to Cruise Hive, “Today, as Norwegian Epic was maneuvering into Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a local pilot on board and the help of two tug boats, prevailing winds caused the ship to veer towards the pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East. No injuries have been reported and guests are currently disembarking the ship as previously scheduled. We are working closely with local authorities to assess the damage. This is all the information we have to share at this time.”
The ship is currently on a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral. There were only three ports scheduled, and with two off the table, only Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay is still on the schedule for Friday. It’s not confirmed whether or not the ship will be able to make that stop.
Check out the two videos of the collision below, posted by Twitter users TweetsWithTito and Daphne Barbeito Cambiella.
[Accidente] en la tarde de hoy el #NorwegianEpic llegó a la #Isla x desperfectos mecánicos y al entrar impactó muelle de metal donde están las vitas en el #Muelle3 del #ViejoSanJuan - no se ha reportado nadie herido. @crucerostogo @TurismoAlDiaPR (video se acortó x espacio en tw) pic.twitter.com/lq0Wqve0yf— Daphne Barbeito Cambiella (@DaphneBarbeito) February 12, 2019