At about 1:30 pm Bermuda time last Friday, a strong wind made two docked cruise ships collide with each other. A 45 knot wind (52 miles per hour) made the aft mooring lines of the Norwegian Star snap and the ship broke loose from her mooring, with the wind pushing it into the Royal Caribbean “Explorer of the Seas”. An investigation into the causes of the accident is underway by the government of Bermudas and although the island’s Transport Minister, Mr. Walter Roban, claims everything that could have been done to prevent the accident was done, Mr. Karl Fichtner, a passenger on the Norwegian Star, reports that the mooring lines were “very old, at least 10 years old, faded, dry, very worn”….
No Injuries, Just Hull Damage
Thankfully, no one was injured. It could have been worse, as according to examiner.com, passengers were waiting to re-embark or disembark the ship after spending time on the island.
However, the ships did sustain some minor hull damage and need repairs, something that will be paid for by each company’s hull and machinery, as well as Protection and Indemnity (P&I) policies. The hull damage does not seem to have affected either ship’s ability to sail and maintain their schedule, as the “Norwegian Star” sailed back to the United States as scheduled on Friday evening and the “Explorer of the Seas” was expected to return to schedule as planned.
No statements have been released by either company regarding the incident or about whether repairs may affect either ship’s future schedule. This, of course, will be determined by the extent of the damage. As a result of past incidents, the repairs on some ships have been performed while sailing normal schedules, while other cases with heavier damages have forced the ships to come out of service long enough to make the repairs. This, for obvious reasons, is left as a last resort move.
Cruise Ship Passengers Often Get Injured
A cruise ship is like a small city, one where much like any other city, often sees its occupants get injured…Be it the result of a slipping on a wet floor and falling, or tripping on a broken carpet and falling, or suffering an assault by a fellow passenger or a crew member, there is an almost infinite number of ways a passenger can get injured while onboard. Similarly, passengers get injured while participating in some of the following myriad of onshore activities:
- Scuba diving or snorkeling
- Jet skiing
- ZIP lining
- Excursions on bicycles, on motorbikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Cruise lines often try to get an injured passenger to accept a refund as compensation for his or her injuries. You should not give into these companies’ pressure to accept a mere refund in exchange for your injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died while on a cruise vacation or have been the victim(s) of serious crime(s) while taking a cruise, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation.
It is important for you to remember that these cases are governed by certain conditions set forth in the tickets. For example, according to most tickets, claimants have only six months to give written notice of the claim to the cruise line and one year from the date of the incident to file suit.
Consequently, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling these matters immediately. Only your prompt legal action will force the cruise company to compensate you for your past and future medical costs (including rehabilitation therapy), your pain and suffering and your lost wages. Please note that a Florida lawyer will handle your entire case, including the initial consultation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay your attorney anything, unless he o she wins your case.
Throughout the years the Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines and can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.