Cruise ship bumps cargo vessel in Iloilo port

By John Mark Guda, ABS-CBN Iloilo

Posted at Mar 12 2010 12:19 AM | Updated as of Mar 12 2010 08:21 AM

ILOILO CITY, Philippines - A cruise ship carrying around 200 tourists accidentally bumped a cargo vessel and hit a steel bar while docking at the Iloilo International Port in Loboc, La Paz on Thursday.

A Filipino crew of Cruise Ship Columbus said their captain did not anticipate the rough current and strong winds, making the ship bump the MV DaeJoo Ace, a Korean vessel that was unloading some National Food Authority (NFA) Rice.

After hitting the cargo vessel, it also bumped a steel bar on the docking area.

The crew refused to answer further inquiries.

The front part of the cruise ship was damaged.

The ship was scheduled to leave Iloilo and proceed to Hong Kong at 7 p.m. Thursday night, but it was delayed because it had to be fixed before it can sail again.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.