Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady cruise ship has sustained damage after colliding with a mooring dolphin in PortMiami early Sunday morning.
Photos show a dent in the aft hull of the vessel just above the waterline.
No injuries were reported from the incident.
Scarlet Lady Cruise Ship Collides With Dock
Scarlet Lady collided with a mooring dolphin late Sunday night at the PortMiami cruise terminal.
The video below shows the Virgin Voyages cruise ship making contact with the mooring dolphin around the 2:45 minute mark as the captain aligns the ship with the dock.
Mooring dolphins are “piles driven into the ground in waterways and harbors to give ships a place to dock or moor.” (Source)
Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the incident.
Images from onlookers show minimal damage to the vessels aft. The damage was quickly repaired by ship workers. And the cruise ship is once again sailing following Coast Guard approval.
The collision occurred as the 110,000 cruise ship returned to PortMiami following a four-night Bahamas itinerary. Repairs to the vessel began almost immediately and continued throughout Sunday as the ship prepared to depart on a Bahamas cruise.
The departure time for the vessel’s next five-night Caribbean sailing was delayed from 6 pm to 12:30 am the following day. Fortunately for guests, the delay hasn’t resulted in canceled port visits.
The incident follows a similar collision involving Ruby Princess colliding with Pier 27 in San Fransico.