The massive Vista is Carnival Cruise Lines newest and largest ship. How large you might ask? Well, it’s only the ship on the ocean with it’s own IMAX theater. So yeah, it’s pretty fucking big.
A boat that massive (133,500 tons, to be exact) could cause a lot of damage if it isn’t handled with absolute precision. Precision that seemed to be lacking on Aug. 28th, when the vessel was was departing from port in northeast Sicily. In a statement to the Huffington Post, Carnival claimed that wind and current conditions pushed the ship off course, prompting the crew to increase power to the engines.
The ship’s officers were forced to increase the vessel’s propulsion motors to control the ship’s movement and bring it back on course. In the process, the force of the ship’s propeller wash in the harbor impacted a nearby floating dock and some small vessels which were damaged. No injuries were reported. The company sincerely apologizes for the matter and has been in close contact with Italian authorities to examine what transpired.
A passenger aboard the Vista was able to capture the incident on his cell phone, and you can hear his nervousness turn to shock as the wash created by the cruise ship destroys the little marina.