Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship San Juan, Puerto Rico Dock Collision – On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Epic crashed into a pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East, with an estimated 4,100-passengers aboard. The Pier 3 mooring platforms sank (see video below).
Shortly after the incident, Norwegian tweeted: “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.”
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, Norwegian Epic departed from Port Canaveral, Florida for a seven-night cruise with calls at Tortola and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, then the cruise ship was to call at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas on the way home to Port Canaveral.
Passengers were told that the ship was experiencing mechanical problems and would be diverted to San Juan, skipping planned calls at Tortola and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Norwegian Cruise Line said that the ship was docking with a local pilot on board with the help of two tug boats, when “prevailing winds caused the ship to veer towards the pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East.”
The Norwegian Epic returned to Port Canaveral late Saturday afternoon with the assist of several tugboats. Although scheduled to arrive at 2000 hours, the ship was actually at the port by 1500 hours.
Friday evening, the situation went from bad to worse. A letter distributed to passengers outlined their voyage was going to be delayed in returning to Port Canaveral. Some passengers would going to deal with missed flights.
All guests, including those who will spend the night onboard before officially disembarking tomorrow, were required to leave the ship with their luggage. Those wishing to stay aboard this evening can then reboard with carry-on items only. The ship’s next sailing has been delayed until Monday, although passengers will be allowed to embark beginning Sunday morning at around 0900 hours.
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Video: Norwegian Epic San Juan, Puerto Rico Dock Collision