On 27th August, the P&O Cruise ship Britannia broke free from moorings and collided with a freight vessel during a storm in Mallorca, Spain.
n particular, the direction of motion was towards the 37,000 dwt tanker Castillo de Arteaga, which was moored at a receiving pier on the southeastern jetty.
Some of the cruise ship’s passengers were left behind on the pier when the vessel was blown off the dock, and they were returned safely to the ship when the Britannia re-moored at her new berth.
Only a small number of minor injuries were reported, and the ship was not compromised beyond superficial damage, according to passengers on board.
People aboard the ship recorded videos and images of the incident, showing an emergency response and debris floating in the sea.
We are aware of an incident involving Britannia on Sunday morning while the ship was alongside in Palma de Mallorca. We are working to assess the situation. The captain is keeping all guests updated.
…operator P&O Cruises told British media in a brief statement.
MV Britannia @pandocruises breaks its moorings in @portdemallorca Palma in a #storm 27 Aug 2023
Appears to have been blown right across the harbour then moved out into Bay of Palma for a few hours before returning.
Timelapse via @MarineTraffic https://t.co/U9i4V1JbYJ pic.twitter.com/zlJapy41Wc
— BC (@mildthing99) August 27, 2023