Cruise ship strikes Alaska pier, causing up to $3 million in damage (with VIDEO)

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(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) — The cruise ship Celebrity Infinity was damaged Friday when it crashed into a pier while docking in Ketchikan, the Daily Mail reported. Miami-based Celebrity Cruises, which owns the 965-foot ship, blamed inclement weather for the incident. No injuries were reported, but the impact caused up to $3 million in damage and the ship was forced to stay in port overnight for repairs.

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The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — The Coast Guard is investigating the allision of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Friday.

Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan were called to the scene after the Celebrity Infinity allided with the No. 3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock.

Watch standers at the Sector Juneau command center were alerted of the accident by the ship's pilot Friday afternoon. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the allision.

"The Coast Guard is grateful no one was injured as a result of this accident," said Lt. Dianna Robinson, command duty officer at Sector Juneau. "Our personnel are working to determine the cause of this accident and will work with local partners to ensure the continued safety of those using the cruise ship docks."

Weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45 miles per hour.

By Professional Mariner Staff