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Giant cruise ship smashes into dock in Honduras

Staff Writer |
To shore-side witnesses, it first looked like just another cruise ship docking at Port Coxen Hole on the Honduran island of Roatan.

However, it soon became clear on Tuesday morning that MSC Armonia was coming in way too hot and that one or both forward anchors were deployed in an apparently desperate bid to check the 65,000-ton vessel's momentum.

Moments later, Armonia crashed, tearing a section out of the dock and briefly running aground on the beach behind.

The accident was captured on video and posted by gCaptain, a news service focusing on the marine industry.

According to Captain, Armonia's Automatic Identification System tracking data showed the ship "arrived in Roatan from Cozumel, Mexico. The data showed the vessel was doing about 11.6 knots [13.3 mph] on its approach but slowed to 8.7 knots [10 mph] as the vessel came closer to shore."

The website Cruise Fever says the 902-foot Armonia, with a capacity of 2,679 passengers, is currently on a 2-week cruise to the Caribbean including Havana, Cuba.

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