Carrying 326 passengers and five crew the Seastreak Ferry landed hard into Pier 11’s dock moorings, smashing a hole in the catamaran’s right front bow.

A hole is torn near the bow of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry after it banged into the mooring as it arrived at a pier in New York’s financial district Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.  photo: Larry Neumeister/AP via NY Daily News

From the NY Daily News: “The boat hit something, and we went flying,” said one injured passenger, still bleeding from his bandaged head. “People were bleeding all over the place.” It was unclear what caused the Atlantic Highlands to Pier 11 ferry to lurch at the end of its routine ride. Passenger Ellen Foran, of Neptune City, N.J., described a chaotic scene of hysterical and weeping passengers piled on top of each other.

Paraphrased from excerpts of the news conference broadcast on NY1: Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn said that the boat came in hard, missed Slip D, continued on and hit Slip B. USCG is on site investigating the pier and vessel. She also announced that the unaffected portions of Pier 11 will be open for this evening’s commute. [Please check your commuter services for updates and advisories.]

FDNY Fire Commissioner Cassano also said at the news conference that seriously injured passengers have been transported to local Manhattan hospitals while the non-seriously injured have been transported to Brooklyn hospitals to prevent overwhelming area emergency rooms.

NTSB is on the way to investigate the incident.

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee