Eight people were injured after a large construction crane smashed into the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas Monday as the ship was docked in a shipyard near Freeport in the Bahamas. The ship was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the incident. Video of the destruction was captured by witnesses and quickly went viral after showing a large crane crashing into the cruise ship was posted Twitter.

The construction crane smashed into the stern of the boat where the ship’s AquaTheatre is located. Because the ship was docked for maintenance, only crew members were on board at the time of the accident. All injuries involved the dock workers who were around the ship at the time. One dock worker reported being so close to the crash that the crane barely missed him.

At this time, Royal Caribbean does not know the full extent of the damages. They are aware of the damage done to the dock structure and construction crane but are still assessing just how much damage was done to the vessel itself. After the incident, Royal Caribbean sent the ship home early and offered refunds to all affected passengers.

The Oasis of the Seas is one of the fourth largest cruise ships in the world. The ship is 1,187 feet long, 215 feet wide, and has a gross register tonnage of 225,282. At one point in time, this four-deck luxury ship was the biggest cruise ship in the world, but it was eventually surpassed by sister ships through the Royal Caribbean line, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas. The Oasis has the capacity to carry 6,800 passengers and 2,200 crew members. The ship has many different attractions, including a surf simulator, zip line and aqua theater.


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