This incredible footage shows cruise ship MSC Armonia ramming into a Caribbean port causing structural damage to the dock and to the lower part of the huge tourist vessel in what appears to be an awful attempt at ‘parallel parking’. The incident took place at around 8am on April 10, at the port of Roatan, one of Honduras’ Caribbean Bay Islands. Shortly after striking the dock, the cruise ship ran aground in the shallow water.
According to local media, the MSC Armonia was approaching the pier at excessive speed, estimated to be around 20 knots (23 mph). Around 1,800 passengers were on board. Video footage shows that the port anchor was in the water as it approached the bay.
Eyewitnesses said that the starboard anchor was also deployed at some point during the docking. Afterwards, the cruise ship ran aground in the shallow water. In the video, the cruise ship is seen approaching the port at speed with its port anchor dropped.
As it slowly turns, the bow cuts through the pier as port staff run out to witness the accident. No one was reported as injured during the cruise crash. An investigation into the accident is underway. The causes of the incident are currently unknown.
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