Strong winds caused a Costa Crociere cruise ship to slam against a pier in Marseilles, France, leaving a nearly 30-foot long gash in the side of the ship above the waterline.
In a statement, Costa Crociere says that strong gust of wind caused the Costa Pacifica to make contact with a mooring point at about 8 a.m. Tuesday during a berthing maneuver at the port of Marseille. The statement said that no injuries to passengers or crew were reported and the allision left a “few meters scratch on the ship’s starboard side.”
The Costa Pacifica is a Concordia-class cruise ship, and sister ship to the Costa Concordia.
The incident delayed the 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger cruise ship from continuing its six-day cruise around the Mediterranean by about 8 hours as they awaited repairs.
A photo of the damage to the Costa Pacifica can be found HERE.