Carnival Horizon cleared to sail a week after hitting Manhattan pier

The US Coast Guard has cleared the Carnival Horizon to sail after the 133,596 gt cruise ship struck a pier at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. The USCG conducted an extensive investigation and examinations on the ship and required multiple technical surveys, including an underwater hull survey and operations testing of essential equipment, before it ultimately determined that the ship was safe depart the Port of New York and New Jersey on its scheduled eight-night Caribbean cruise.

Minor structural damage to the ship’s bow was discovered, but the USCG said that the damage did not adversely impact navigation safety.

No injuries or pollution were reported when the 323-meter, 3,960-passenger Carnival Horizon struck Pier 90 while mooring at Pier 88 on the west side of Manhattan on August 28th. The USCG said that it was working with City officials to determine the extent of the damage to the pier. In the meantime, vessels would not be able to moor at Pier 90 until permanent repairs were completed.

USCG Investigators are also coordinating with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Board of Pilots Commission to continue the ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident.

Carnival Horizon, the second ship in second in Carnival’s Vista-class, was delivered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in March this year.

2018-built, Panama-flagged, 133,596 gt Carnival Horizon is owned and managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas Syndicate)on behalf of Carnival Corporation and with UK P&I Club (Americas G7 Area Group) on behalf of Carnival Corporation.