On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, dozens were injured when the Scylla Cruises cruise ship Swiss Chrystal crashed into a Duisburg, Germany Bridge on the Rhine River. Multiple reports say as many as 30 passengers were injured.
When the collision took place, 103 passengers and 26 crew members were aboard. The passengers are mainly from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
According to the Telegraaf newspaper, four people had to go to hospital with serious injuries when Swiss Chrystal collided with a bridge which forms part of the A42 highway. The highway is still closed. On Wednesday experts will test the strength of the bridge.
The Scylla Cruises website promotion states, “The Scylla AG ships travel under the Swiss flag and are the most modern fleet of river cruise liners in Europe. The strict safety regulations of the German underwriter Lloyd and the Dutch shipping authority, as well as the technical equipment with river pilot, radar, echo depth sounder and the most up-to-date navigational instruments always guarantee a safe journey.”
Scylla Cruises owns 28 river cruise ships including Swiss Chrystal. Swiss Chrystal was built in 1995, is 333-feet-long with a capacity of 125 passengers and 31 crew. All cablins have a panoramic window, two beds, radio, colour TV, minibar, safe, hair dryer, air conditioning as well as shower with toilet. The Emerald deck also offers two single and one three-bed cabin, as well as a mini-suite with a queen-size bed.
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