MSC crash sparks Venice cruise ban talk

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MSC Cruises’ 2,679-pax ves­sel MSC Opera has col­lided with Uni­world Bou­tique River Cruise Col­lec­tion’s River Count­ess while at­tempt­ing to dock at the San Basilio pier in Venice, Italy.

The ac­ci­dent was caused by a sus­pected me­chan­i­cal is­sue on board Opera which re­sulted in the ship los­ing con­trol and plough­ing into the moored Uni­world ship & graz­ing the dock.

Four Count­ess pas­sen­gers were in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing one Aus­tralian and one New Zealan­der.

In a state­ment re­leased a short time ago, MSC Cruises said fol­low­ing the tech­ni­cal fail­ure “the cap­tain im­me­di­ately ap­plied all re­quired pro­ce­dures” and are col­lab­o­rat­ing closely with the Vene­tian mar­itime au­thor­i­ties.

“MSC Cruises is com­mit­ted to of­fer its full sup­port to all the per­sons in­volved in the in­ci­dent... es­pe­cially the four pax who were in­jured,” the cruise line said.

In re­sponse, Uni­world has dis­patched a cri­sis team to Venice to eval­u­ate the River Count­ess and as­sist af­fected guests in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ing al­ter­na­tive ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The ac­ci­dent has al­ready earned the ire of the Ital­ian Gov­ern­ment, with the coun­try’s Min­is­ter of the En­vi­ron­ment Ser­gio Costa tak­ing to Twit­ter to call for a ban on cruise ships sail­ing the city’s Gi­udecca canal.

“Cruise ships must not sail down the Gi­udecca. We have been work­ing on mov­ing them for months now,” Costa posted.

Venice has been the sub­ject of over­tourism fears in re­cent times, with the city’s Govt re­veal­ing its in­ten­tions this year to in­tro­duce a new vis­i­tor tax ( TD 02 Jan 2019).

The MSC Cruises mishap fol­lows a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in 2018 when its MSC Ar­mo­nia ship struck a dock

in Hon­duras ( CW 12 Apr 2018).

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