Cruise Ship

Carnival Magic

Incident Type

Ship Collision / Allision

Date of Accident

February 6, 2024

Location of Accident

Puerto Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Introduction

On February 6, 2024, Carnival Magic experienced an allision at Puerto Ocho Rios, Jamaica, due to stormy weather conditions. Under the command of Captain Francesco La Farina, the ship arrived earlier than scheduled and encountered strong winds and swells while docking, leading to contact with the pier fender. This resulted in significant damage to both the ship’s hull and the pier structure, although no injuries were reported.

Details of the Incident

The allision occurred during an attempt to dock in challenging weather conditions. The impact caused the pier fender and part of the structure to collapse, reflecting the force of the contact. Despite the substantial damages incurred, the swift response from the crew ensured no passengers or crew members were injured. The incident underscores the unpredictability of sea travel, especially under adverse weather conditions.

Operational Context

This incident took place during the “ShipRocked 2024 Cruise,” a 6-day rock music-themed cruise that started on February 4 from Miami. The itinerary included stops in The Bahamas, Jamaica (with an overnight stay in Ocho Rios originally scheduled for February 7), and Grand Cayman. Following the allision, assessments were made to evaluate the impact on the ship’s ability to continue its scheduled journey.

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