According to reports, the Norwegian Epic cruise ship, based out of Port Canaveral was stalled in San Juan after it ran into engine trouble at sea and crashed into a dock in Puerto Rico.
On January 30, the ship left for a seven-day cruise and was supposed to make its first stop in the British Virgin Islands. Instead, the ship had to reroute to Puerto Rico after mechanical issues on board.
Passenger Michael Miano said cruise officials made an announcement about the mechanical issues and a power failure. While the ship tried to dock in San Juan, a strong gust of wind caused it to crash into the pier.
A spokesperson from Norwegian Cruise Line later released the following statement: “Yesterday, as Norwegian Epic was manoeuvring into Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a local pilot on board and the help of two tugboats, prevailing winds caused the ship to veer towards the pier, damaging two mooring points at Pier 3 East. No one was injured and the pier remains operational. The ship sustained minimal, superficial damage to the hull, which does not affect the safe operation of the vessel. The ship will depart San Juan later today“.
Fortunately, none of the passengers or crew members onboard the vessel was injured during the incident. The passengers were reported to be not in any kind of discomfort or distress. The Epic is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral shortly.
The Coast Guard and the National Safety Transportation Board are investigating the incident.
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Source: Click Orlando