The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity allided with berth at Ketchikan, Alaska. The accident happened during docking at bad weather and strong wind with gusts up to 20 m/s. The vessel proceeded with higher speed and crashing into the Berth 3, causing sufficient damages of the hull and pier as well. The berth is presently inoperative, as collision caused damages estimated to 2-3 million USD. The vessel remained afloat, but also suffered sufficient damages and breaches. The local authorities and US Coast Guard started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information the bad weather in combination with outage of the thrusters is the probable reason for the collision. The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity remain docked at Ketchikan until further repair and inspections.
The US Coast Guard was alerted for the accident on Friday afternoon by the ship’s pilot. No injuries or pollution have been reported.
“The Coast Guard is grateful no one was injured as a result of this accident”, said Dianna Robinson, command duty officer at Sector Juneau. “Our personnel are working to determine the cause of this accident and will work with local partners to ensure the continued safety of those using the cruise ship docks”, added she.
At the time of collision on the pier there were dockers and Celebrity employees, who ran away when saw the approaching vessel. Fortunately none of them was injured.
The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity (IMO: 9189421) has overall length of 294.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 11,778 DWT and the gross tonnage is 90,940 GRT. The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity was built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in shipyard of Nantes Saint Nazaire, France.
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