Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Portugal

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  • The Thompson Spirit cruise ship ran aground this week in Portugal.
  • The ship reportedly should have been able to safely pass through the channel where it got stuck, but apparently silt has begun to fill in the channel’s decade old dredging.
  • Officials at the Port of Portimão say that they need to update their specifications.

A cruise ship reportedly ran aground this week, in a dangerous development which may have put hundreds of lives at risk.

The Thompson Spirit cruise ship reportedly ran aground earlier this week in the Arade River in Portugal. The incident, which occurred with more than 1,000 passengers aboard the ship, reportedly blocked the river for over 90 minutes, and caused the ship to arrive late to its scheduled 8:00 a.m. docking at Portimão.

The grounding was reportedly caused by silt which had settled at the bottom of the channel. The ship ran aground in the channel, which was dredged 10 years ago, despite the fact that its dimension fall within the 215 meters and 8 meters’ daft which officials at the Port of Portimão cite as the limits for safe passage.

Officials say that the fact that the ship ran aground means that the specifications need to be updated.

Cruise ships running aground can be very serious and dangerous. In January 2012 the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit underwater rocks off the coast of Italy and capsized. 32 lives were lost in the incident, which saw the ship totally destroyed.