Damaged Key West mooring dolphin will take months to fix

The mooring dolphin that was damaged on Nov. 27 is shown here (behind the small boat) in a photo taken earlier this year The mooring dolphin that was damaged on Nov. 27 is shown here (behind the small boat) in a photo taken earlier this year PHOTO: Anne Kalosh

A cruise ship docking site at Key West's Mallory Square will be unusable for three months following damage to a mooring dolphin that may cost half a million dollars to repair.

So said Key West City Manager Jim Scholl at a City Commission meeting this week, according to The Miami Herald.

Heavy winds

The dolphin was damaged on Nov. 27 when a Silversea Cruises ship struck it in heavy winds. The 39,400gt Silver Spirit had cast off to depart and was initiating a turn to head out when gusts pushed it back against the dolphin and the pier.

The incident was captured on video.

Silver Spirit unscathed

The ship was not damaged, Silversea Cruises said in a statement, and subsequently was cleared to sail by the Coast Guard. Scholl reportedly told the City Commission that Silversea would be paying for the mooring dolphin repairs.

Key West, one of the Caribbean's busiest cruise destinations, has two other docking sites for passenger ships.

Earlier this year, the 2009-built Silver Spirit was cut in half, lengthened and updated at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily.

 

Posted 07 December 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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