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Cruise vessel damaged in port

Section of Norwegian Star showing dent.

HAMILTON — The Norwegian Star broke free over the weekend from its mooring at Heritage Wharf, Dockyard.

The ship broke free while 45 knot winds hit the west end of the island and caused the ship’s ropes to snap.

The Star was docked next to Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.

Early indications are that there might have been slight contact between the two vessels. A passenger on the Explorer claims the Star did hit the Royal Caribbean ship.

A rescue craft was dispatched to investigate if any damage has been done to either ship.

There were no known injuries at this time.

Bermuda maritime Operations Centre was contacted by the Star requesting immediate tugboat assistance. The two tugboats Faithful and Powerful were scrambled to assist.

The Norwegian Star dropped both anchors and was able to start up its bow thruster to keep the boat in position. (Bermuda Sun)

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