'Ineffective communication' cited in cruise ship's pier strike

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The following is text of a news release from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):

(WASHINGTON) — On the morning of Aug. 28, 2018, the cruise ship Carnival Horizon, with 6,361 people on board, was maneuvering to berth No. 2 at Manhattan Cruise Terminal’s Pier 88 in New York City when its bow struck the southwest corner of adjacent Pier 90. No one was injured and no pollution occurred, but Pier 90’s walkway, roof parking garage, and facilities suffered extensive structural damage, and the ship sustained minor damage above the waterline. Total cumulative damage was about $2.5 million.

Probable cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of Carnival Horizon’s contact with Pier 90 was the ineffective interaction and communication between the master and the docking pilot who were maneuvering the vessel, and the bridge team’s ineffective oversight of the docking maneuver. Contributing was the placement of the third officer in a location without view of the bow to monitor the close approach to Pier 90.

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By Professional Mariner Staff