JAM | Feb 6, 2024

Rough seas cited for damage to cruise vessel docked at Ocho Rios pier

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett addresses the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2023 trade show’s media breakfast at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in St. James on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. (Photo: JIS)

Windy conditions brought by a cold front impacting the island, particularly along the north coast, has been cited as the cause of damage to a cruise vessel docked at the Ocho Rios Cruise Pier in St Ann on Tuesday, February 6.

Speaking with Our Today, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett confirmed that the damage to the ship occurred while it was docked and “most of the cruisers (ship passengers) were off-vessel on their shore excursion.”

When asked about a timeline for the ship repair, Bartlett said the extent of repair needed and the specific timeline for it is not yet available.

Bartlett reiterated his concern for the passengers and expressed relief that fortunately none of the passengers were injured or stranded on board by the incident and expressed regret over the damage caused by the current weather system.


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