Cruise ship Norwegian Epic (IMO 9410569) struck and sunk two mooring points on a pier as it arrived at the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 12th. The vessel reportedly had suffered the loss of two engines and had diverted to San Juan at slow speed. Norwegian Cruise ltd was quick to point out that a local pilot was in charge, stating that “as Norwegian Epic was manoeuvring into Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a local pilot on board and the help of two tug boats, prevailing winds caused the ship to veer towards the pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East”.
The spokesperson continued: “No injuries have been reported and guests are currently disembarking the ship as previously scheduled. We are working closely with local authorities to assess the damage.”
The “as previously scheduled” remark elicited several comments from customers, who observed that the vessel had not called at its scheduled stops.
The cruise ship left Florida’s Port Canaveral on Saturday February 9th and was supposed to stop first at Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and then St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, but the engine problems forced the crew to cancel those two planned ports of call. Norwegian Epic carries up to 4,100 guests and 1,724 crew, extending to 300 metres in length.
The sinking of the two mooring points was filmed by a passenger of another cruise ship after realizing that the Norwegian Epic was going to hit the dock.
2010-built Bahamas-flagged, 155,873 gt Norwegian Epic is owned by Norwegian Epic Ltd care of manager/operator NCL Bahamas Ltd. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Norwegian Epic, Ltd.