Report Issued Relating to Carnival Pride Gangway Crash

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  • Returning cruise ship destroys gangway on arrival
  • According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Carnival Pride caused $2.1 million in damages due to human error.
  • Insufficient oversight by the captain was a contributing factor.
  • No one was injured in the incident.

As the Carnival Pride cruise ship was returning to Baltimore from a week long cruise to the Bahamas and Florida last May with a harbor pilot aboard, a staff captain, the second in command on the ship, tried, too late to gain control of the ship and it crashed into the berth and destroyed the gangway as well as three cars parked in the area. The ship’s hull and with a mooring platform were also damaged.

In its accident report released Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) states that as the harbor pilot turned control of the ship back to its crew the staff pilot was unable to gain control and reduce the ship’s speed enough to avoid the collision.

At that point the captain assumed control from the bridge, but it was too little too late. Because the captain was unable to gain sufficient control of the ship in time,  it smashed into the berth, causing over $2.1 million in damages.

The report by the NTSB concluded that the staff captain, although experienced with berthing, “misjudged” and was unable to explain why he was not able to control the ship. It also faulted the captain for “insufficient oversight during the maneuver.” The report also stated that the cruise line “has been unable to determine a cause other than possible human error.”