Cruise Ship Suffers Damage Entering Port

November 20, 2013
(6:00 a.m. EDT) -- An MSC cruise ship suffered damage to the hull after hitting a mooring light in the the Greek port of Piraeus (Athens) yesterday.

The 86,600-ton, 2,550 passenger MSC Magnifica hit the port's mooring light as it attempted to dock in Piraeus 6:30 a.m. (CET), causing slight damage to the port structure as well as the ship's hull. Repairs are currently being carried out.

MSC Cruises confirmed there were no injuries or major damage arising from the incident which was blamed on strong gusts of wind as the ship entered the port. Experts are currently investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman for the line said: "The Captain and crew of MSC Magnifica acted quickly, and the ship was able to moor normally. MSC Magnifica is expected to leave Piraeus harbour at the end of the afternoon with only a slight delay on its timetable. The itinerary will remain unchanged and the ship will call in Katakolon tomorrow morning, as scheduled." --by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor