Costa Cruises blamed strong winds for the accident and no passengers or crew were injured.
The 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger ship left Marseille at 2 a.m. this morning (December 12), after the repairs were carried out -- eight hours after the scheduled departure time.
The ship was due to arrive in Barcelona at about noon CET today, some three hours after its scheduled arrival time.
A statement issued by Costa yesterday (December 11) read:
“At about 8 a.m., during berthing manoeuvre in the port of Marseille the Costa Pacifica experienced a contact with a port "dolphin" -- a mooring point -- due to a strong gust of wind, causing a few meters scratch on the ship's starboard side above sea water level. No injuries for passengers and crew. The ship is planned to leave Marseille tonight (Dec 12) around 2 a.m. (after repair works being completed) to continue on her six-day cruise on Mediterranean as per planned program.
The ship will sail to Barcelona for her scheduled call where she will arrive tomorrow Wednesday December 12 around noon.”
--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor