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Eclipse - Captain's written complaint over potentially serious docking problems in Antigua


The authorities in Antigua have received an angry written complaint from Capt Manetas of Celebrity Eclipse following problems in docking the ship that almost saw her touch bottom.

Capt Manetas took the port authority to task over apparently missed promises to ensure that the harbour and quaysides would be acceptable for the large cruise ship.

He complained that the pilot initially wanted him to dock at a quayside with just one walkway which would have caused significant delays for the pax and crew disembarkation. The pilot then instructed the ship to be taken to another quay where there are two walkways but the clearance under the keel was so bad that the ship came close to grounding, thus putting his pax, crew and ship in danger.

As yet the recipients of the letter have not responded.

More here : http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=84235