UK Storm Pulls Nautica From Dock; Another on the Way

Oceania Cruises’ Nautica has resumed its voyage after strong winds pulled the vessel away from the dock, a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent.

“While alongside at the port of Greenock, Scotland, Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the vessel being detached from the dock,” the spokesperson said. “All guests and crew onboard are safe and there were no injuries.”

Tugs were called in to assist the vessel, which was able to return to port once conditions were safe enough to do so. Guests were able to board as of Wednesday evening, and the ship resumed its itinerary and stopped as scheduled in Belfast Thursday morning.

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According to the UK’s Met Office, Storm Ali brought high winds to the northern UK and Northern Ireland on Wednesday, with guests as high as 91 mph recorded in Killowen, Northern Ireland – marking the strongest recorded wind gust for the region since records began in the 1880s. The storm has since pulled away from northern Scotland into the northern North Sea and Norwegian Sea.

Looking further ahead, the Met Office is tracking Storm Bronagh, the second named storm of the season, which is developing across parts of Wales and southwest England. The Met Office said to expect heavy rain throughout Thursday before the winds strengthen later in the day, bringing gale force winds through Thursday evening and overnight into Friday. Two Yellow Met Office Weather Warnings are in force: one for rain in Wales and parts of northwest England, and a second for wind across much of England and northern Wales.

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