Brand new MSC GRANDIOSA damaged in pier contact, Palermo

Cruise ship MSC GRANDIOSA contacted pier while docking at Palermo, Italy, at around 0830 UTC Dec 30. The ship moved away from damaged pier under own power, and completed docking without any further problem. Ship’s portside stern above waterline was damaged, probably even breached, though sources mention dents and scratches – watch photo and video. Giant ship is brand new, being in service for some 5 weeks.
Cruise ship MSC GRANDIOSA, IMO 9803613, GT 181541, built 2019, flag Malta, operator MSC Cruises, capacity 4242, crew 1704.

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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.