The cruise ship MSC Armonia drew more attention than usual on Tuesday when it made a scheduled stop in Roatan, Honduras, in an unscheduled way. The 65,000-ton vessel missed its mark and demolished the pier where it was attempting to dock.
Multiple news reports indicated the ship was coming into port too quickly. One video of the event shows what appears to be a restaurant adjacent to the pier. A man can be heard yelling in Spanish for people to get out of the kitchen as the ship approaches. It subsequently appeared to run aground as it came to a stop in some rocky shallows beyond the dock.
The Armonia is a regular visitor to the Cayman Islands and is next scheduled to arrive in George Town on April 19, according to the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands calendar online. The ship was last in Grand Cayman on April 5, when it brought more than 2,000 passengers to island. The ship is based in Havana.
Damage to the ship was said to be minor. It sailed from Roatan on Wednesday to complete the remainder of its cruise.
The U.S.-based National Public Radio reported the ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the cause of the accident was “currently still being duly investigated.”
The 902-foot ship has a capacity of 2,679 passengers. No one on board was injured in the incident, reports said.