February 12, 2007
Fantasy and Repentance in New Orleans
Personnel from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans are investigating a February 10 collision between a barge, pushed by the towing vessel Repentance, and the Carnival cruise ship Fantasy that caused a 30-foot gash in the cruise ship.
The cruise ship and barge collided down river from New Orleans while in the last miles of a homeward journey. The collision resulted in a 30-foot gash approximately five feet above the waterline on the port-stern of the cruise ship. There was minor damage to the barge, which was one of six rice barges being pushed by the towing vessel Repentance.
There was minimal damage to the barge and no injuries or pollution resulted from the collision.
CBS4 New Orleans has a video clip at: