Carnival Horizon Strikes Pier at Manhattan Terminal

The damage to Pier 90 is visible just past the Horizon's stern (PTZTV / twitter)

By The Maritime Executive 08-28-2018 05:51:20

At about 0545 hours Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship struck the Manhattan Cruise Terminal quay at Pier 90, causing structural damage to the dock. 

The Carnival Horizon was mooring at the adjacent Pier 88 with assistance from a tug when her bow struck Pier 90. Bystander video suggests that she had assistance from a tug at the bow during the evolution. 

The impact damaged two metal beams and a parking structure on the pier, according to the New York Fire Department and the New York City Department of Buildings. A Carnival spokesperson said that the ship suffered only minor damage, and passengers were able to disembark as normal. 

Coast Guard Sector New York said that its investigators, marine inspectors and facilities team attended the scene after the allision. The agency is investigating the extent of the damage and the cause of the casualty. 

The incident is not expected to have an effect on the Horizon's schedule. She departed Tuesday evening for San Juan, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos. 

The allision is the third incident to affect the Horizon this month. On August 13, the vessel suffered propulsion issues that affected her cruising speed and maneuvering, and she was forced to skip a call at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. 

During the same cruise, galley crewmember Ravi Singh Bisht, an Indian national, passed away. "He will be remembered as a hardworking and passionate team player who always had a positive attitude," said Capt. Gaetano Gigliotti in a letter to the crew. "He was well-liked by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed."