Florida Today:– Royal Caribbean officials are assessing possible damage to the Oasis-of-the-Seas, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, after a crane apparently slammed into the vessel as it sat in dry dock in Freeport.
Shipyard management reported that eight people were injured when the massive crane struck the ship, Royal Caribbean reported. None of the injuries were life-threatening, the cruise line said in a statement.
The ship — based at Port Canaveral — was undergoing routine maintenance on Grand Bahama Island, Royal Caribbean officials reported.
It was not immediately known if there were any injuries or how much damage was done to the ship by the heavy shipyard crane.
The 6,300-passenger ship was in dry dock when the accident happened about 1:45 p.m. at the Great Bahamas Shipyard. It was not immediately known if the accident will impact the ship’s upcoming schedule.
We are responding to a construction site incident at the Great Bahamas Shipyard, where Oasis of the Seas is currently in dry dock,” wrote Melissa Charbonneau, a spokesperson for the cruise line.
“We are accounting for the whereabouts of all site personnel and working with local authorities to determine if there have been any injuries,” she said in a statement sent to FLORIDA TODAY.
“We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes. We are assessing damage to the ship,” she added.
The ship made news earlier this year after more than 400 people contracted the norovirus, an infection sometimes referred to as the “stomach flu” that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.