Baltimore cruise vessel allision with pier

The cruise vessel Spirit of Baltimore allided with a pier in its namesake city early Sunday, tearing up about 60’ of decking but causing no injuries and only minor cosmetic damage to the vessel, according to the Coast Guard and local news media.

The 131’x36’ vessel was carrying 447 people, close to its maximum capacity,  when it struck the Henderson Wharf Marina pier, in the city’s historic Fells Point neighborhood. The Baltimore Sun reported the excursion was a regularly scheduled midnight to 2 a.m. cruise of the city’s Inner Harbor that features disc jockeys and dancing.

The Coast Guard is investigating the mishap. No pollution was reported, and the only damage to the ship appeared to be a hull scrape on the forward starboard side photographed by Coast Guard investigators.

Operator Entertainment Cruises based in Chicago operates 30 vessels in nine locations , offering cruises, tours, weddings and special events.   Founded as Spirit Cruises in Norfolk, Va., in 1978, the company today carries some 1.5 million passengers annually.

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Kirk Moore

Associate Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

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