A passenger ferry caught in bad weather collided with a huge loading crane at the port of Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, causing it to collapse and spark an explosion.
Footage of the incident, taken by Bulgarian seaman Petar Petrov and published by Reuters, showed the ship being dragged towards the side of the dock around 8 a.m. local time. The video, filmed from a moored vessel, quickly spread across social networks.
Petrov told Reuters that strong winds had likely played a role in the crash. The ferry, which is known as Excellent, is operated by an Italian company called Grandi Navi Veloci. There were no injuries. According to the Daily Mail, the ship was carrying 420 passengers at the time.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday that Grandi Navi Veloci confirmed that strong winds and sea currents had “prevented the ship from docking.” The firm confirmed that vehicles and passengers were onboard during the collision, but stressed no casualties were recorded.
A Barcelona city spokeswoman, who was not named, told AP that “a dozen firefighting vehicles and several ambulances” attended the scene. The flames are believed to have been from a number of containers, some of which had likely contained “hazardous chemicals.”
On Twitter, a port union group—the “Section of Mooring of the Port of Barcelona”—published images and video clips of the ferry incident. It branded the crash a “serious accident.”
Sea News, November 1