Bridge over troubled waters leaves its mark on luxury liner in China
Posted by Xeno on May 28, 2012
The Pearl No.7 – which is as tall as a seven-storey building – sailed straight into disaster as she tried to pass under a bridge.
Luckily no one was hurt, but the boat came out a little shorter than when she went in – losing a chimney in the collision in east China on Wednesday.
Reports said the ship had completed a sea trial only the day before.
The deluxe cruiser is equipped with a shopping mall and entertainment centre for up to 1,000 people.
Pictures also show that the bridge, in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, didn’t escape the collision unscathed – it now has an almost perfect chimney-shaped hole in its side.
Sources said the accident had been caused by ‘miscommunication’ about the vessel’s height.
Before striking the bridge, the ship was being towed to a downtown terminal in preparation for the National Day holiday in October. …