As 45 knot winds hit the west end of the island this afternoon, The Norwegian Star's mooring snapped. Early indications are that there might have been slight contact between the 'Star and another vessel, the Explorer of the Seas. *Photo supplied
As 45 knot winds hit the west end of the island this afternoon, The Norwegian Star's mooring snapped. Early indications are that there might have been slight contact between the 'Star and another vessel, the Explorer of the Seas. *Photo supplied
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: The Norwegian Star broke free this afternoon from its mooring at Heritage Wharf, Dockyard.

The ship broke free at 1:30pm while 45 knot winds hit the west end of the island and caused the ship's ropes to snap.

The Star was docked next to Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.

Early indications are that there might have been slight contact between the two vessels. A passenger on the Explorer claims the Star did hit the Royal Caribbean ship.

A rescue craft has been dispatched to investigate if any damage has been done to either ship.

There are no known injuries at this time.

Bermuda maritime Operations Centre was contacted by the Star at 2:04pm requesting immediate tugboat assistance. The two tugboats Faithful and Powerful were scrambled to assist at 2:06pm.

The Norwegian Star dropped both anchors and was able to start up its bow thruster to keep the boat in position.

At 2:26pm the two tugboats established contact with the cruise ship and by 2:45pm were alongside.

A pilot has been boarded onto the Norwegian Star to help her reberth.

The latest information indicates that once the broken lines have been cleared form the dock, the cruise ship will be able to come alongside again.

A spokesperson foor Norwegian said: "At approximately 1:30pm ET today, a high wind squall caused Norwegian Star’s aft mooring lines to break while the ship was docked in Bermuda. There were no injuries, and after a short time of being at anchor, the ship re-docked alongside at the pier.

"Norwegian Star is on a seven-day cruise to Bermuda that departed New York on Sunday, September 9. At this time, the ship is expected to depart Bermuda as scheduled today."

The Explorer of the Seas is also expected to leave today, but will be slightly behind schedule because of the incident.

Additional reporting by Don Burgess.