Per reports, the newest cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line, called Norweigan Prima, broke free of her moorings on 15th July 2023 when it was docked in Zeebrugge, Belgium.
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The ship’s gangways dragged and fell into the waters; however, no guest or crew member was injured.
This happened at 2:45 pm when most passengers were ashore, enjoying the last port of call of the 10-night “Northern Europe: Island & Norway to London” sailing.
The cruise ship left Reykjavik in Iceland on the 6th of July and made port calls in Iceland, Norway and Holland before stopping in Zeebrugge.
The port authorities are investigating the incident and stated that the sunken gangways would be procured later.
The weather that day was extremely windy, which led to the ship breaking its moorings and drifting away from the pier.
With a gross tonnage of 143,535, the cruise ship was aided by three tugboats that brought it back to the dock, where she was secured to the berth.
Luckily, this incident will not impact the cruise ship’s next sailing. Norweigian Prima will be in Europe and offer Northern European Sailings through September. It will also provide some Mediterranean sailings before going to Galveston for winter.
From Galveston, the ship will offer seven-night Caribbean itineraries and visit famous ports of call in Mexico, Roatan in Honduras and Harvest Caye, the cruise line’s privately-owned island in Belize.
References: cruisecritic, cruisehive
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