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Cruise ship 'jolts,' leaves 16 passengers with injuries

A cruise ship accident in the Pacific Northwest left 16 people injured and plenty of questions left unanswered. The incident occurred as a cruise ship, the Norwegian Sky, was entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca which separates Washington's Olympic Peninsula and Canada's Vancouver Island. As this occurred, the ship violently jolted to the side, and the ship appeared to be capsizing -- though thankfully it did not.

Report shows failings in Melbourne cruise ship accident

A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a recent accident in a port that involved a cruise ship could have been prevented. The accident occurred in January, when a cruise ship with 120 passengers on board broke free of its moorings and crashed into the pier. The ship was then stranded in the pier for several days as crew members and dock workers attempted to fix the situation. The passengers were stranded in the city of Melbourne during this time. It doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the incident.

Sea wall breached after ship loses control, crashes

A stunning video shows a large ship slowly approaching a sea wall before ultimately colliding with the wall and causing massive damage. The ship, called the Volcan de Tamasite, was supposed to travel from Tenerife to Las Palmas but during the trip there was a power outage on the ship that temporarily disabled the pilot's ability to steer the ship. It careened out of control and eventually barreled into a sea wall. A large section of the wall broke apart, but it doesn't appear to have caused any massive water spillage.

Cruise ship cancels trip after striking buoy

While the following story didn't occur here in Florida, it exemplifies the problems that cruise ships have in general. A cruise ship in Galveston, Texas had to cancel a cruise recently after the ship crashed into a buoy that was under water. The cruise ship was casino themed and had just recently opened. Canceling the cruise certainly isn't going to help the new ship's reputation.

Video captured of cruise ship barely missing Florida shore

Our source article today has a video shot by homeowners in Port Everglades, Florida, that shows a cruise ship barreling into the narrow channel in a bizarre fashion, and nearly coming into contact with the shore. The homeowners who shot the video thought that the massive cruise ship was going to collide with their home. Given the awkward angle at which the cruise ship approaches and given the extreme measures the operators of the ship went to in order to avoid colliding with the shorelines demonstrate that the ship's approach was quite perilous.

Cruise ship drifts in port, collides with other ship

While the following story didn't occur here in the United States, it did involve an American-owned cruise ship. The "Seabourn Encore" drifted into a cement carrier in the Port of Timaru in New Zealand recently. The source story is light on details, so it is unclear if the cruise ship was in operation at the time or if it was docked and simply drifted on its own. What is known, though, is that the cruise ship collided with another.

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