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A botched docking by a major cruise ship has caused millions of dollars in damage at a port in the Alaska Panhandle.

WATCH: Cruise ship crashes into dock, causes major damage


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:18 AM - A botched docking by a major cruise ship has caused millions of dollars in damage at a port in the Alaska Panhandle.

Celebrity Infinity, part of the Celebrity Cruises line, struck one of three berths at the port in Ketchikan, Alaska, on approach Friday afternoon. Luckily, personnel on the dock noticed the approach was wrong and moved out of the way, but the ship still caused serious damage.

"The angle of his bow was wrong," Jamison Mork, who was on a nearby boat at the time, told the Ketchikan News-Miner. "He was coming in, pointing at the pier too strongly. ... You could hear his bow thruster going to try and push his bow away, but the wind was pushing him into the pier."

The Alaska Dispatch News quotes port officials as saying the ship's collision caused damage of up to $3 million. 

Coast Guard officials said the cause of collision is under investigation. Winds at the time were around 70 km/h.

No injuries were reported, but the ship suffered some damage, and was apparently holed above the water line. It's not clear how long it will take to repair the berth, with the port manager telling the News Dispatch it could be done in as early as two months, and the Ketchikan assistant city manager saying it was too soon to tell.

Ketchikan Assistant City Manager Dave Martin said it is unclear how long the berth will be closed because it is too early to say how badly the dock is damaged.

"When (things) first happened, they really looked bad, and I'm not saying it looks good," Dave Martin told the Ketchikan newspaper. "But I think that it's too early on to make that call. We simply don't know."

The port will operated on a two-berth system while the damage to the dock is being assessed. The cruise ship, meanwhile, is expected to return to Vancouver, B.C., after undergoing repairs.

SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch News | Ketchikan Daily Miner

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