Pride Of America Cruise Ship Honolulu Hawaii Buoy Collision – On October 14, 2006, the 920-foot vessel, Norwegian Cruise Line ship Pride of America, reported to the U.S. Coast Guard that it had apparently struck a channel buoy when it left Honolulu Harbor.
Pride of America left port at about 8:00 p.m. Saturday, when it hit a $6000, 2,800-pound, 10-foot-high navigational buoy and dragged its anchor chain from Honolulu to Maui. Norwegian Cruise Line has agreed to pay for the buoy.
Crew members did not notice the accident and only discovered the chain snagged in one of its two Azipod propeller systems after the ship was safely docked in Kahului Harbor.
Robert Kritzman, executive vice president of Hawaii operations for NCL, said one of the engineers discovered the chain in the starboard propeller at Kahului Harbor on Maui, and divers removed it.
The Coast Guard was investigating the incident, spokesman Lt. John Titchen said yesterday.
The ship resumed its cruise around the Hawaiian Islands after making some repairs to its starboard propeller and staying an extra day on Maui. In addition to enjoying an extra day on Maui, passengers were given a $100 shipboard credit, free shuttles to Maui attractions and extra cocktail parties on board, Kritzman said.
Because the ship was in port for three days, company officials brought in extra tanks to unload fully treated sewage water rather than discharge it into the harbor, he said.
Honolulu means “sheltered harbor”or “calm port”. The old name is Kou, a district roughly encompassing the area from Nuʻuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street to Queen Street which is the heart of the present downtown district.The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan near the city on December 7, 1941.