A Celebrity cruise ship crashed into the pier while trying to dock in Ketchikan, Alaska on Friday afternoon. Local news reports the 91,000 gross ton Celebrity Infinity smashed into the Berth 3 dock sometime between 2 – 2:30pm. Thankfully no injuries have been reported.
The Ketchikan harbormaster director Steve Corporon said dock workers noticed there was something wrong when the large cruise ship was attempting to dock. Thankfully they quickly moved out-of-the-way. In a video below the ship can be seen struggling to stop. From looking at the flag on the ship’s bow it does seem to have been caught in some strong gusts. You can watch the video as it hits the dock and causes some major damage. According to the harbormaster the damage is around 2-3 million dollars.
Watch As The Ship Crashes Into The Pier:
The Celebrity Infinity was moved to Berth 2 after the incident and the ship’s crew are working on repairing the damage. Corporon said there is a hole visible on the ship’s port side just above the waterline. Damage to the pier could take months to repair which in turn will affect ships calling at Ketchikan.
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Celebrity Infinity was calling at Ketchikan, Alaska as part of a 7-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Cruise and is scheduled to arrive back at its home port in Vancouver, Canada on June 5.