The Port of Taino Bay reported that the grounding of the Norwegian Escape Cruise ship in front of Puerto Planta Bay, until now no damages to the vessel were reported and passengers are safe.
So far, the competent authorities are collaborating with the crew to tow the boat and to continue its course according to the navigation program.
“There is no report of people at risk, or of damage to the cruise ship,” says the port administration in a statement.
The cruise ship ran aground in a very muddy area, which greatly hindered the tasks to free it.
At the time of sailing, the winds were super strong and the Pilot (Pilot or pilot) was on board and they are still there.
They currently have 4 tugs alongside the cruise ship and hope to release the same one tomorrow when the tide comes in. If not released, they will bring in a barge to remove several tons of fuel from the cruise ship.
The activities are being coordinated by specialists from the Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM) and the Shipping Agency to carry out the necessary work with the tugboats that are on site and that have arrived minutes after the grounding.
The Civil Defense, the Navy, the Ministry of Tourism, the Governor’s Office and the Mayor’s Office have also arrived at the scene of the events.
The cruise ship left the Taino Bay Port at 5:00 p.m. bound for St. Tomas and approximately 10 minutes later, it ran aground outside our facilities.
The Norwegian Escape arrived in Puerto Dominicano at 09:41 a.m. today with 4,841 people on board, 1,618 crew members and 3,223 visitors.
So far, the causes that caused the grounding and its consequences are unknown.
According to a guest aboard posting on social media, the tugboats will now wait until high tide in the morning on Tuesday for another attempt at freeing the ship.
Wind blew us leaving port and the bow dug into the bottom. At least according to the latest update— The Disney Dude (@DisneyTalk101) March 14, 2022