Cruise Ship

Carnival Magic

Incident Type

Ship Allision

Date of Accident

February 6, 2024

Location of Accident

Puerto Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Introduction

On February 6, 2024, the Carnival Magic encountered stormy weather, prompting Captain Francesco La Farina to adjust the itinerary for an earlier arrival in Puerto Ocho Rios, Jamaica. While attempting to dock, the vessel was impacted by strong winds and swells, causing it to allide with and collapse the pier fender, leading to significant damage to both the ship and the pier. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Details of the Incident

The Carnival Magic’s allision with the pier fender and subsequent collapse of the structure resulted in notable damages to the ship’s hull and the docking facility. The incident underscored the challenges of navigating in adverse weather conditions and the importance of swift action by the ship’s crew to prevent injuries.

Operational Context

This event took place during the 6-day “ShipRocked 2024 Cruise,” a rock music-themed voyage from Miami, including stops in The Bahamas, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman. Despite the allision, the cruise’s itinerary remained unaffected, with scheduled port stays proceeding as planned.

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