The Norwegian cruiser Viking Jupiter got into a minor accident while docking at a pier in the port of Piraeus on Thursday. At the time of the accident, the cruiser had more than 1.000 people on board, comprised of 607 passengers and 483 crew members.
Stormy winds were the cause of the cruise accident, since they forcibly hit the vessel’s right hull to the pier. The vessel sustained a minor fracture in its hull and cosmetic damages. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident. Primary inspections of the vessel hull also report no signs of oil spillage at sea or entry of water. Three tugboats escorted the cruiser to a nearby repair centre to repair minor hull damages. The pier has also suffered minor damages, with restoration works expected to initiate in the coming days.
The Piraeus Port Authority interdicted the cruiser from leaving the port until independent maritime classification societies finalised the necessary technical inspections and verified the vessel’s seaworthiness. Currently, the fate of cruiser passengers is unknown. They have found temporary refuge in nearby hotels.
The Norwegian cruiser initiated its sixth ocean trip on 7 February from Ancona, Italy. The trip was expected to dock in the Port of Piraeus for some days before returning back to Italy. Video footage of the vessel’s entry to the port has also recorded the accident.