Video footage has emerged of cruise ship MSC Armonia crashing into a local port in Honduras, destroying part of the pier.
The MSC cruise ship was making a port of call in Roatan, Honduras when it collided with a dock at the port, causing part of the pier to collapse into the waters.
Some damage to the ship itself can also be spotted as it moves away.
The jaw-dropping moment was caught on camera by onlookers who were watching the 902ft-long ship as it approached the port on Tuesday morning.
In the video, it appears that the ship is approaching the shore at an angle, and comes in unusually close to the docks.
MSC Armonia, which boasts an impressive 65,542 gross tonnage, then strikes the pier on its port side forward, as locals rush out of the nearby waiting area to see what’s going on.
The impact of the crash causes a part of the dock to give way, and some of the structure collapses into the waters below.
The ship then slowly begins to move away from the collision spot – further footage suggests that MSC Armonia then made her way around to a beach, with her port anchor deployed.
Sitting near the beach for a couple of minutes, she then reverses back into the ocean waters.
MSC Cruises said in a statement that “for reasons that are currently still being investigated, the ship deviated from her course and grazed the end of the pier”.
MSC Armonia is currently on a seven to 14-night Caribbean sailing, which kicked off in Havana, Cuba where she is currently homeporting.
The impressive 13-deck ship can carry up to 2,679 passengers as well as 721 crew members.
It appears that the damage was minimal as MSC has confirmed that the ship is expected to leave port and head onwards to Belize, her next scheduled port of call.
Roatan is a popular port of call for a host of cruise lines, and receives ships from major companies including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
Mirror Travel Editor Nigel Thompson said: “The cruise industry is an extremely well-run and safe one and incidents like this are extremely rare. Thankfully nobody was hurt.
“It looks like the Captain had lowered the port anchor – we can’t see if the starboard one was deployed – as the ship approached the pier, which suggests there was a technical issue stopping the vessel from slowing down normally and the anchors were being used as an emergency brake.”
The crash is reminiscent of a Celebrity Cruises incident back in 2016, when one of the cruise line’s ships collided with the port in Ketchikan, puncturing the ship’s hull as well as causing one of the gangways to break off.
Again, nobody was injured in the incident.
MSC Cruises full statement:
“At 09:00 AM local time on April 10, MSC Armonia arrived in the port of Isla Roatan, Honduras.
“While manoeuvring alongside, for reasons that are currently still being investigated, the ship deviated from her course and grazed the end of the pier.
“There was never any risk for guests or crew on board.
“There was also no impact for the environment. While there was a slight delay for our guests to disembark, all who were scheduled to go ashore on excursions and other activities disembarked as planned.
“The damage to the ship was minor and she has also since been cleared by Honduran Port State Control authorities to continue her journey as soon as the necessary repairs are concluded.
“At the present time, ship personnel and external experts are still at work to complete such repairs.
“MSC Armonia is currently expected to leave port at approximately 2AM local time today, which would bring her into Belize, her next scheduled port of call, by approximately 8 AM, in line with her original schedule.”