Norwegian cruiser “Viking Jupiter” crashed at the pier of the port of Piraeus on Thursday morning. According to media reports, the cruiser with 607 passengers and 483 crew members on board was at the process of arrival when it crashed with the right side due to the stormy winds.
The vessel suffered minor damages incl a crack of about 10 cm.
Nobody was injured.
No marine pollution or water infiltration were observed.
Three fenders were detached from the crash impact. Small material damage of a length of 15 meters was caused at the pier.
The “Viking Jupiter” was accompanied by three tugboats.
The Central Port Authority of Piraeus issued a sailing ban for the cruiser until a class confirmation by the technical company where it is registered has been submitted, Greek media report.
The 1st Port Department investigates the incident.
It is not known what will happen with the passengers.
Viking took delivery of its sixth ocean vessel February 7 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking Jupiter began its maiden season in mid February offering Antiquities itinerary between Athens and Rome.
A Greek website uploaded a video from the maiden arrival of the cruiser at the port of Piraeus but this was apparently before it tried to dock and the crash o or the camera was simply on the opposite side.