Cruise ship’s close call through canal

 

Incredible images show the largest ship ever to pass through the Corinth Canal in Greece this week.

Passengers on board the 22.5 metre wide MS Braemar cruise ship could reach out and touch the sides of the canal - which is 24 meters wide at its narrowest point.

Carrying more than 1,200 passengers and crew on board, the 196 metre long cruise ship was assisted by a tugboat to avoid any bumps along the way.

The MS Braemar is the largest ship to pass through Greece's Corinth Canal
The MS Braemar is the largest ship to pass through Greece's Corinth Canal

The 24,344-tonne ship, owned by UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, made history on Wednesday as it became the largest ship to cross the Corinth Canal, with a stunning video showing just how close it got to the walls of the canal.

The four mile long Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula.
The four mile long Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula.

The 6.4km long Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula and connects the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs.

Clare Ward from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said the voyage was a "tremendous milestone".

This is such an exciting sailing and tremendous milestone in Fred Olsen's 171-year history," she said.

"We are thrilled to have been able to share it with our guests."

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Passengers on board could reach and touch the sides of the canal.
Passengers on board could reach and touch the sides of the canal.
The 196 metre long cruise ship was assisted by a tugboat.
The 196 metre long cruise ship was assisted by a tugboat.
Claire Ward from Olsen Cruise Lines announced: “This is such an exciting sailing milestone in Fred Olsen’s history.”
Claire Ward from Olsen Cruise Lines announced: “This is such an exciting sailing milestone in Fred Olsen’s history.”
The MS Braemar measures 22.52 metres in width with the canal 24 metres wide.
The MS Braemar measures 22.52 metres in width with the canal 24 metres wide.
The stunning view as the cruise ship exists the canal.
The stunning view as the cruise ship exists the canal.

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