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Pride Of America Collision October 14, 2006

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride Of America Had an Accident at Sea as it Steered Off Course and Snagged on a $6000 Buoy

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Pride Of America Collision October 14, 2006

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride Of America Had an Accident at Sea as it Steered Off Course and Snagged on a $6000 Buoy

The 920-foot vessel, a part of NCL America, reported on Monday to the U.S. Coast Guard that it had apparently struck a channel buoy when it left Honolulu Harbor at about 8 p.m. Saturday and had been dragging the buoy chain.

The vessel hit a 2,800-pound, 10-foot-high navigational buoy and dragged its anchor chain from Honolulu to Maui.

Crew members did not notice the accident and only discovered the chain snagged in one of its two Azipod propeller systems after the ship was safely docked in Kahului Harbor.

Robert Kritzman, executive vice president of Hawaii operations for NCL, said one of the engineers discovered the chain in the starboard propeller at Kahului Harbor on Maui, and divers removed it.

The Coast Guard was investigating the incident, spokesman Lt. John Titchen said yesterday.

Titchen said the Coast Guard has not located the missing buoy, worth about $6,000, and has replaced it with another, and the cruise line has agreed to pay for the buoy.

The ship resumed its cruise around the Hawaiian Islands after making some repairs to its starboard propeller and staying an extra day on Maui.

In addition to enjoying an extra day on Maui, passengers were given a $100 shipboard credit, free shuttles to Maui attractions and extra cocktail parties on board, Kritzman said.

Because the ship was in port for three days, company officials brought in extra tanks to unload fully treated sewage water rather than discharge it into the harbor, he said.

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