Video: MSC cruise ships collide in port – investigation underway
MSC Orchestra collided with her sister ship MSC Poesia in Buenos Aires this week in video footage captured from a fuel bunker.
While leaving port, MSC Orchestra appears in video footage posted on social media, to get caught by the wind and is pushed sideways toward MSC Poesia, which was still alongside.
#SouthAfrica-bound #MSCOrchestra and #MSCPoesia collided in port in Brazil on Wednesday - MSC says no passengers or crew were injured and both ships were cleared to sail shortly afterwards. pic.twitter.com/waoZOIeOa5— Shaun (@CruiseArabia) February 23, 2019
A tug at the stern of MSC Orchestra can be seen trying to swing her free, but the two ships crash into one another nonetheless.
A bunker vessel appears to have been refuelling MSC Poesia at the time of the incident, suggesting the captain of MSC Orchestra may have averted an environmental incident by swinging the stern out.
The two 92,000-gross ton, 2,500-passenger, ships ground together for a short period, with neither suffering serious damage.
According to a statement from MSC Cruises, no injuries were reported among passengers or crew. It added that an investigation is ongoing.
“Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated from its course while maneuvering out of the port and lightly grazed the forward part of MSC Poesia, which was docked alongside,” the cruise line said.
“While this may have been noticed by some passengers, there was never any risk for guests or crew on board, and there was no impact for the environment,” the statement added.
This incident comes just a few days after Norwegian Epic damaged part of a cruise dock in Puerto Rico due to engine failure.