A tug boat named,Cresent, is showed buffered between the Carnival Triumph and the U.S. Corps of Engineers Ship.
Heavy wind blew and horns blared as cell phone video captured the impact of the Carnival Triumph as it slam against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge ship.
"When we saw it happening, we chased everybody off," said Robert Beckmann, Sr. Vice President & General Manager of Signal Ship Repair.
The vice president of Signal Ship Repair says about 80 workers and 20 crew members were onboard the vessel when the Triumph struck.
Everyone abandoned the ship, except the captain of course.
"Who refused to leave. He stayed up on the pilot house, just watching. He wanted a first hand look at what's going on," said Beckmann.
A tug boat named The Cresent was the first on scene to try to stop the massive ship, but the tug was no match for the huge cruise liner.
In the end, it became up as a buffer between the two ships. Bent rails and dented metal siding show some of the physical wounds left behind.
"Hit toward the stern of the dredge causing damage to the super structure. Then as the ship continued to swing, it hit the davit for the dredge arm," said Beckmann.
Damage also done to this tire fender shows the force of the impact. It was hit by the drifting barge that was still attached to the cruise ship.
The Wheeler is used to dredge the Mississippi River, and has been docked for repairs for 7 months. The vice president of Signal Ship Repair tells me, he, along with representatives from The Army Corp of Engineers, BAE Systems, and Carnival will conduct an inspection on Tuesday to assess the damage and determine what repairs will be needed.