While docking in Marseille yesterday, the Costa Pacifica came in contact with a buoy structure that formed a gash around 26 feet long just above the waterline.
Luckily, no one was injured when the collision occurred, but it did keep the Pacifica in Marseille for an additional eight hours for necessary repairs. Costa Cruises published a statement claiming that the Pacifica “experienced a contact with a port “dolphin” — a mooring point — due to a strong gust of wind, causing a few meters scratch on the ship’s starboard side above sea water level. No injuries for passengers and crew.”
While repairs have been made, there is no word if any additional repairs will be needed in the near future. Regardless, the Pacifica did safely dock this morning in Barcelona – only a few hours behind schedule.
The Costa Pacifica entered service with Costa Cruises in 2009 and is a sister ship to the ill-fated Costa Concordia.