Cruise ships MSC Poesia and the MSC Orchestra were filmed crashing into each other in an Argentinian port in a dramatic viral video. The footage shows the two enormous vessels gliding towards one another after the captain on the 92,409-tonnes MSC Orchestra lost control on entering the Puerto Madero in the country’s eastern capital Buenos Aires. In the video, the MSC Orchestra is seen hitting the Poesia, causing damage to the side of the ship. A horrific screeching noise is audible as the ships scared the end of the Poesia.
The metal can be heard colliding as the vessel crunch into one another. Debris can be seen falling into the ocean.
Onlookers at the Buenos Aires port cry out in horror as the witness the two ships veering into on another.
One can even be heard shouting “No, no, no.” Those on board the ship are seen peering out of the vessel’s windows to see what is happening.
The two huge vessels became stuck in the shocking incident and tug boats were needed to pull them apart in the port.
According to local media, the Argentine Naval Prefecture is investigating the crash between two MSC ships.
According to the Argentine navy, the Orchestra was departing Puerto Madero for the Uruguayan capital Montevideo when the accident took place.
Port official Gonzalo Mortola told local media that although it is considered a minor accident, the navy is investigating the crash as it took place inside a national port.
The AGP port authority explained that they have a number of permanent emergency protocols in place to provide necessary assistance in serious situations. The investigation is ongoing.
The incident resulted in the MSC Orchestra – which suffered minor damage – being delayed for its eight-night South America cruise with stops in Brazil and Uruguay.
An MSC spokesman told Express.co.uk: “On 20 February 2019 at 22:11:00 local time, MSC Orchestra undocked to leave the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated from its course while manoeuvring out of the port and lightly grazed the forward part of MSC Poesia, which was docked alongside.
“While this may have been noticed by some passengers, there was never any risk for guests or crew on board, and there was no impact for the environment.
As a result of this graze and for operational reasons, we have adjusted the itinerary of MSC Orchestra. Yesterday, the ship made a first port call in Punta del Este in Uruguay. While Guests had the opportunity to visit the city and enjoy some free time ashore, the ship received some technical maintenance and minor repairs. In addition, the port call in Buzios will be substituted with a port call in Itajaì, Brazil.
“This matter will not affect the itinerary of MSC Poesia, and the ship left the Port of Buenos Aires yesterday at 5:00pm as per original schedule. MSC Cruises emphasizes that MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia are both fully reliable and safe to sail. Our Guests’ and crew members’ safety will always be our number one priority.
The crash between the MSC ships comes a week after a Norwegian ship was filmed smashing into a dock in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The enormous Norwegian Epic was filmed smashing into two mooring points – resulting in both being destroyed in the incident.
No one was injured in the cruise ship crash. Norwegian said on Twitter: “No injuries have been reported and guests are currently disembarking the ship as previously scheduled. We are working closely with local authorities to assess the damage.”