Earlier this week, a brand new Chinese cruise ship collided with a bridge in Wenzhou City, of China’s Zhejiang Province.
The new ship, Mingzhu Pearl No. 7 , which cost $44 million to build, was being towed down the Oujiang River by 4 tugs when the ship collided with the bridge. The captain and crew had apparently underestimated the amount of clearance that they would have between the top of the ship and the bottom of the bridge, which was obviously none. The bridge ended up destroying the funnel and damaged a small portion of the ship’s bridge. There were no reported injuries to anyone on the ship or the bridge.
An investigation is currently underway. The ship is scheduled to be put into use before October 1, still as originally planned.
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