A Cruise vessel crashed into a pier in San Francisco as it was preparing to dock following a 10-day Alaskan cruise, per officials.
The 113,561-ton cruise ship made an unforeseen contact with the dock at Pier 27 at the port of San Francisco on Thursday morning. There were zero injuries, and at no time were guests or crew members in danger. The vessel is alongside, and the disembarkation is done.
Passenger Paul Zasso said that he knew something seemed off as the vessel approached the pier. Zasso explained to CNN’s affiliate KGO that he noticed that they were spinning very quickly to be so close to the dock. He was mid-ship, portside, and he looked out of the window, and that is when they smacked into the dock.
The US Coast Guard is examining the crash, Hunter Schnabel, Petty Officer, informed CNN. The vessel, which can host 3,080 passengers and 1,200 crew members, suffered damages to the left rear side. The dock was damaged.
While investigators examined the damage caused to the vessel and the pier, the cruise ship’s owner said it has started planning to board guests for another 10-day, round-trip voyage to Alaska. But it was not immediately evident when the cruise ship could start the next journey.
Jim Simpson and his family are among the guests waiting and willing to set sail to Alaska. He explained that it is a 10-day cruise and that there is ample time. He believes the firm can make up time moving, so it won’t be much of an issue.
Reference: sfchronicle, edition.cnn, abc7news
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