Cruise ship hits pier in Norway after moorings fail in high wind

Jun 26, 2018

There was a big drama today in the port of Honningsvag, Norway when the cruise ship “Mein Schiff 3” broke free from its moorings due to strong winds. The incident happen around 8:15 pm when sudden strong winds with speed of 49 knots hit the vessel operated by TUI Cruises. The cruise ship collided with the pier and caused damage both to the docks and the ship itself.

Here is a YouTube video of the cruise ship during the incident posted by Radio Nordkapp SA.

By 8:30 pm, "Mein Schiff 3" reported that they have control of the situation and the ship was anchored just outside the port for safety reasons. At the time of the accident, many cruise ship passengers were on land when the cruise ship departed and were waiting to get onboard once the weather clears. At 10 pm Mein Schiff 3 started tender operation for passengers.

Build in 2014 for TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff 3 is a 99.526 gross tons cruise ship with a capacity of 2500 guests and 1000 crew.