CRUISE Ship "Detaches From Quay" At Greenock During Storm

A LUXURY cruise ship broke free of its moorings during strong winds at Greenock Ocean Terminal this morning.

Tugs were called to help the 30,000-tonne Nautica which has been forced to remain at anchor off the town.

A spokesperson for terminal operators Peel Ports said: “At 11:02 this morning, while alongside at Greenock Ocean Terminal, the cruise vessel Nautica encountered severe winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the vessel being detached from the quay.

"All guests and crew onboard are safe and there were no injuries. Tugs were immediately deployed and the vessel is currently being held at anchor with a pilot on board."

Oceania Cruises said 478 passengers and 26 crew were already ashore when the incident happened.

Greenock Town Hall was made available to passengers looking for shelter until conditions are safe enough for the vessel to return to the terminal.

Staff from Inverclyde Leisure and Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership assisted, and the passengers were even entertained by a piper.

The ship was alongside at the terminal for around 9pm with all passengers on board by 10.30pm. Nautica left around 11pm.

The vessel is on a 12-night British Isles cruise. The ship arrived in from Edinburgh and heads to Belfast after the Clyde.

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