Cruise ship knocks Sitka mooring dolphin out of commission

The cruise ship Radiance of the Seas struck a Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal mooring dolphin on May 9 as it was preparing to dock, limiting the facility to one berth instead of two until repairs are completed in a few weeks, terminal manager Chris McGraw said.

There was no apparent damage to the 961-foot ship and no reported injuries in the mishap.

A dolphin is a collection of steel pilings driven into the ocean floor and used for mooring a ship at a dock.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment is investigating the accident, McGraw said. He has hired Turnagain Marine Construction of Juneau to m...


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