Carnival Miracle Is Damaged Docking In St. Kitts

Hull Damage To Carnival's Miracle Cruise Ship
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A Gaping Hole In The Hull of Carnival’s Miracle
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
January 28, 2010 (CUOPM)

Just over 2,000 passengers on the visiting Carnival Miracle are spending a few extra hours on St. Kitts while repairs are done to the ship’s hull.

Port sources said the Panama-registered Carnival Miracle, which arrived from St. Lucia, was docking around 9:00 Thursday morning, when high winds of 30 knots and gusting up to 37 knots, pushed the ship causing it to strike a protective fender as it berthed at Port Zante. No damage was caused to the berthing facility.

No injuries were reported to the 2,178 passengers and 914 crew onboard and cruise passengers disembarked to tour the island and take part in other on-shore activities.

CUOPM understands that arrangements are being made for welders at the Needsmust Power Plant who are erecting a large oil tank to carry out the necessary repairs, expected to be completed after midnight.

The ship is expected to depart at 2:00 a.m. Friday instead of its scheduled 4:00 p.m. Thursday for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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