A newspaper in Brazil reports that the MSC Magnifica, scheduled to depart from the Port of Santios, Brazil this evening at 6:00 P.M., remains in port after a mooring line became caught in the cruise ship's propeller.
A Tribuna states that that "one of the mooring lines to the pier got stuck in one of the propellers of the vessel."
Santos is in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
The Brazilian newspaper explains that precisely at 6:00 P.M., while the Magnifica was performed an undocking maneuver, a tether line (rope used to attach the ship to the pier) tangled in a propeller. The operation was canceled and divers were deployed to try to solve the problem.
According to the newspaper, a spokesperson for the MSC said that the vessel encountered "technical-operational" problems. MSC further released a statement that the delay in the departure of MSC Magnifica in the port of Santos "was due to a scheduled maintenance that took longer than expected."
The captain also informed the passengers, through the intercom speakers, that first departure, scheduled to take place at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, was delayed by so-called "operational problems." The passengers were notified that the cruise ship would leave at 8:30 P.M., which it failed to do, and the departure time was further delayed until midnight.
The cruise ship's webcams indicate that the ship remains in port at this time (1:00 A.M.).
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