The cruise ship MSC Armonia rammed into a Caribbean port causing structural damage to the dock and to the lower part of the vessel.
The incident took place at around 8 a.m. on April 10, at the port of Roatan, one of Honduras’ Caribbean Bay Islands. Marine investigators are trying to determine the cause of what happened.
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. 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.
Nobody was injured and an investigation into the accident is underway.