Cruise ship ASTOR damaged in Nantes, France

Cruise ship ASTOR struck port construction while maneuvering at Nantes, France, on Sep 5, with German tourists on board. Ship’s hull above waterline in stern area portside was breached and torn, with some 20 sq meters of plating damaged. ASTOR moved to Saint-Nazaire on Sep 6, for repairs. As of 1130 UTC Sep 8, she was still at Saint-Nazaire undergoing repairs.
Cruise ship ASTOR, IMO 8506373, GT 20704, built 1987, flag Bahamas, operator GLOBAL CRUISE LINES LTD, capacity 650, crew 300.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.