Giant Cruise Ship Smashes Into Dock In Honduras

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

April 11, 2018

A massive cruise ship took out part of a dock on the Honduran island of Roatan while docking last week. In video shot by a shore-side witness to the mayhem, the MCS Armonia can be seen coming in too hot when docking at Port Coxen Hole. 

The massive 65,000-ton vessel had too much momentum as it came in to dock, with one or both of its forward anchors deployed in a futile attempt to slow the massive craft down. 

The crash tore out a large section of the dock and caused the cruise ship to run aground on the beach behind it. According to gCaptain, a news service that focuses on the marine industry, tracking data from the vessel showed it arriving in Roatan from Cozumel, Mexico and was running at about 11.6 knots (13.3 mph) when it began its approach to the dock. According to the data, the vessel slowed on its approach to 10 mph, but was unable to stop in time before running aground. 

Another witness who posted a Facebook Live video of the incident said the ship "ran into the rocks" and "literally ran inside, into the bay ... and destroyed the doc," the unidentified narrator says, joking, "Adios tours." 

Damage to the vessel was minor according to a company spokesperson. After repairs to the ship were completed, Honduran Port State Control authorities cleared the ship to continue its tour. 

All 721 people aboard were not injured, the company said. The ship is currently on a Caribbean tour that includes a stop in Havana, Cuba. 

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