Costa Cruise Ship Hits Pier; Leaves 24-Foot Gash in Side

December 12, 2012

(1:40 p.m. EST) -- Costa Cruises' Costa Pacifica hit a pier in Marseilles on the morning of December 11, leaving an eight-meter (24-foot) gash in the side of the ship. The damage was well above the waterline.

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