No injuries reported as Celebrity Infinity crashes into dock.
Friday afternoon, as Celebrity Infinity slowly approached the dock in Ketchikan, a sudden gust of wind caught the ship’s starboard side and dramatically pushed the 91,000 ton ship right into the cement pylons and catwalk-style dock. Despite the ship’s side thrusters, the wind was a formidable opponent.
With wind gusts up to 45 mph, the Celebrity Infinity crashed into the dock at Berth 3 shortly after 2pm. As you can see from the video, the accident left a huge scape along the ship’s hull, above the water line. The ships crew worked to repair the damages which included a small hole in the hull.
Ketchikan harbor director, Steve Corporon, estimates between $2-$3 million in damages. Repairs will take from one to two months to complete. No injuries were reported.
Celebrity Infinity was moved to another berthing dock and all of the passengers were able to go ashore and enjoy a blustery day in Ketchikan. After all, it is Alaska, a not-to-be-missed cruise and land experience.
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