MSC Opera Venice Dock Crash Gives Cruise Ship Ban Fuel

MSC Opera Venice Dock Crash Gives Cruise Ship Ban Fuel
MSC Opera Venice Dock Crash Gives Cruise Ship Ban Fuel
dock at San Basilio in Venice, Italy
dock at San Basilio in Venice, Italy

MSC Opera Venice Dock Crash Gives Cruise Ship Ban Fuel – On Sunday, June 1, 2019, MSC Cruises ship MSC Opera, which was being piloted by two harbor pilots, crashed (see video below) into the dock at San Basilio in Venice, Italy and the Uniworld Boutique River Cruises river cruise ship River Countess, which was docked.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises said Monday that the River Countess will be out of service until July after the vessel was rammed by MSC Opera Sunday while docked in Venice.

Alyssa Goldfarb, public relations director for MSC Cruises “Earlier this morning, at around 8:30 a.m. CET, MSC Opera — while maneuvering toward Venice’s VTP cruise terminals for mooring — experienced a technical issue. Albeit the ship was accompanied by two tugs, she grazed the dock at San Basilio. This also caused a collision with a riverboat that was moored there.

“The ship has in the meantime received authorization to move to be moored at the Marittima terminal, as planned. She is now moored there and has begun passenger operations.”

“The MSC ship had an engine failure, which was immediately reported by the captain,” said Davide Calderan, the head of one of the tugboats accompanying the cruise ship, according to AFP and Italian media. “The engine was blocked, but with its thrust on, because the speed was increasing,” he continued.

The MSC Opera has a capacity of 2,675 passengers with a crew of 728. MSC Opera left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu in Greece before returning on Sunday to Venice.

Sunday’s collision adds to growing criticism of cruise ships in Venice, where the large vessels crowd waterways, block views and create waves that risk damage to the city’s buildings and infrastructure. “What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time,” Italy’s environment minister Sergio Costa tweeted. “Cruise ships must not sail down the Giudecca. We have been working on moving them for months now … and are nearing a solution.

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