65,000 gt MSC Opera lost control, struck a river cruise ship and hit a docking area at Venice’s cruise passenger terminal, prompting an investigation
The ship first struck Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ River Countess, which was docked, before hitting the pier at San Basilio and then grinding to a stop alongside as people on the pier fled. Only a few minor injuries were reported in the incident, with very few passengers still on board the smaller river cruise vessel when it was rammed.
In a statement, MSC Cruises said MSC Opera experienced a ’technical issue’ while manoeuvring toward the dock at around 8:30 am, local time. The ship was then brought alongside, and passengers disembarked.
Two tugs escorting MSC Opera attempted to stop the ship, but a tow cable broke according to Italian news agency ANSA who interviewed Davide Calderan, president of Venice tugboat association Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido.
Mr Calderan also reportedly said the MSC Opera captain called for help when his engine locked.
An investigation into the incident is under way, and this publication will follow the results of the investigation closely.