Enormous MSC Cruise Ship Crashes Into Crowded Venice Port, Injuring at Least Five

Videos of the incident offer a firsthand look at the 13-deck vessel barreling into the tourist-filled dock.

Enormous MSC Cruise Ship Crashes Into Crowded Venice Port, Injuring at Least Five

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A commercial cruise ship suffered a catastrophic engine failure off the coast of Venice, Italy on Sunday, leaving it uncontrollable as it headed toward a nearby dock. With no effective way of steering the vessel, it resultantly crashed into the harbor—a hotspot for tourists—injuring five people, according to the Associated Press.

The news has made headlines worldwide with videos of the incident also being posted online, showing the situation from a firsthand perspective:

Operated by MSC, the Opera cruise ship was built to hold more than 2,675 passengers and, in this instance, it was carrying travelers back to Venice after visiting Kotor, Montenegro as well as the Greek cities of Mykonos, Santorini, and Corfu. Two nearby tugboats worked to guide the ship away from the dock after the captain immediately reported the engine failure but failed.

As can be heard in the videos, those aboard the ship and on shore were left wondering aloud what might come of the shipwreck. 

While there are obvious and immediate effects that come with a crash of this magnitude, Italian activists are using the episode to make a political point. Recently, there's been a swing of protest regarding Venice's acceptance of cruise ships that, due to their size , block narrow waterways and obstruct tourist views. This was not lost on Twitter after Sunday's happenings as Italy's environment minister Sergio Costa posted:

"What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time. Cruise ships must not sail down the Giudecca. We have been working on moving them for months now ... and are nearing a solution."

A politician with the Italian Left party, Nicola Fratoianni, even went as far as to call cruise ships "steel monsters" which "risk carnage" in the seaside town.

An MSC spokesperson explained to NPR   that the cruise ship is now being moored at the Marittima terminal and has begun passenger operations.

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Carnival cruise ship hits pier in Jamaica amid strong winds

A Carnival Cruise Line ship hit a pier in Jamaica amid windy weather on Tuesday, forcing it to move away and temporarily leave guests on shore.

The incident occurred on the line’s Carnival Magic ship at 11 a.m. in Ocho Rios after “strong winds and swells caused the pier fender to collapse under pressure,” according to Carnival spokesperson Matt Lupoli. He did not specify the wind speeds.

“There were no injuries, and all the ship's services remained operational,” he told USA TODAY in an emailed statement. “The ship left the area for the safety of everyone on board, later docked at another nearby pier and guests who went ashore rejoined the ship.”

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Carnival Magic is on a six-day cruise that departed from Miami on Sunday, according to CruiseMapper . The ship skipped a planned stop in Grand Cayman due to the weather conditions in the region and stayed in Ocho Rios, where it will leave Wednesday evening, Lupoli said.

The news comes after high winds caused two MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line ships to break from their moorings last month. MSC Sinfonia broke away from its moorings while in port in Syracuse, Italy and was blown into a nearby marina, and one of Norwegian Prima’s moorings detached in Galveston, Texas.

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Carnival cruise ship hits pier in Jamaica amid strong winds

Carnival Magic docked in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.

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MSC Cruises’ brand new Grandiosa ship crashed into a pier as it attempted to dock in Palermo, Sicily, around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning. No injuries have been reported in relation to the accident.

On Dec. 30, the 1,085-foot ocean liner collided with a port as it moved to dock on the Italian island, Maritime Bulletin reports. The cruise ship’s portside stern, above the waterline, sustained damaged in the crash.

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MSC Cruises’ brand new Grandiosa ship crashed into a pier as it attempted to dock in Palermo, Sicily, around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 30. (MSC Cruises Fan Club Unofficial)

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As seen in video footage that has since surfaced on YouTube, the corner of the pier’s wall crumbed upon impact with the Grandiosa as well.

“No!” a witness could be heard exclaiming in the background.

It remains unclear at this time whether or not the crash breached the ship’s hull, The Sun reports, though the Grandiosa continued to dock without issue. The crash reportedly occurred amid strong winds.

According to the outlet, a spokesperson for the cruise line has since confirmed that the ship’s current itinerary remains unchanged.

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The 1,085-foot ocean liner collided with a port as it moved to dock on the Italian island. (MSC Cruises Fan Club Unofficial)

“MSC Grandiosa experienced a light allision in the port of Palermo. Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated while maneuvering along the quayside and lightly grazed the end of the quay with its aft part,” a rep for MSC Cruises told the Sun on Monday. "While this may have been noticed by some passengers or bystanders, there was never any risk for guests or crew on board, and there was no impact for the environment.”

The statement continued: "As a result of this graze, we conducted some minor repair works — which have already been completed by the early afternoon. While the ship is ready to sail, we may leave Palermo with a slight delay. The itinerary remains unchanged.

"MSC Cruises emphasizes that MSC Grandiosa is fully reliable and safe to sail. Our guests’ and crew members’ safety will always be our number one priority.”

A spokesperson for the cruise line was not immediately available to offer further comment.

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"Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated while maneuvering along the quayside and lightly grazed the end of the quay with its aft part,” a rep for MSC Cruises has said. (Getty Images)

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Grandiosa only entered service on Oct. 31 and ventured on its maiden voyage last month. In terms of capacity, the massive vessel is said to be the second-largest ship in the world.

A listing page describes the liner as MSC’s “most innovative ship to-date,” with space to accommodate up to 6,297 passengers and 1,700 crew members, per Cruise Critic . The Grandiosa also boasts 11 restaurants, 21 bars and Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances among its attractions.

The Grandiosa’s ports and calls include Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Genoa and Rome, Italy; Palermo; and Valetta, Malta.

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Back in July, the MSC Cruises’ Opera ship crashed into a dock in Venice , also in Italy, leaving several people injured. And only two weeks ago, two Carnival Cruise Line ships collided at port in Cozumel, Mexico , with multiple people reporting minor injuries.

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PHOTOS: Carnival cruise slams into pier, damages side of ship at port

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Carnival cruise ship was left damaged Tuesday after its side slammed into the side of the pier, causing the pier fender to collapse at one of their ports.

The Carnival Magic, which departed from Florida on Sunday, was docked in Ocho Rios in Jamaica when high winds caused the pier fender to collapse, hitting the ship’s side.

Carnival said the ship docked at 8:10 a.m. in Ocho Rios, but the incident didn’t happen until 11 a.m.

In a statement to WFLA.com, Carnival Cruise Lines said: Carnival Magic was involved in an incident while in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday morning, Feb. 6 when strong winds and swells caused the pier fender to collapse under pressure, and the ship made contact with the pier.

The cruise line said no one was injured and that all operations continued as normal.

For the safety of the guests and staff aboard, the ship left the area and docked at a nearby pier. All guests that were ashore were able to get back on the ship.

Carnival said the weather conditions caused several cruises to cancel their docking in the Grand Cayman on Wednesday.

The Magic remained in Ocho Rios on Tuesday and into Wednesday. The ship is expected to depart from Jamaica on Wednesday evening.

The Carnival Magic left Miami on Sunday. Its itinerary includes the Bimini Islands on Monday, Ocho Rios, and will return to Miami on Saturday.

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to WFLA.

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MSC’s Dock Crash: Third Similar Incident in 14 Months

Chances are good that you’ve seen the footage of the MSC Opera hitting a pier in Venice. (If not, you can see it below). Did the news sound strangely familiar to you? If so, you’re not alone.

While the footage is dramatic and it made headlines around the world, another similar incident also occurred a little more than a year ago when MSC Armonia struck a pier in Roatan, Honduras. Plus, MSC had a previous run-in in Buenos Aires dock only a few months ago.

What’s going on with these three incidents – all from the same cruise line – that seem similar to one another? Is it just a coincidence or could there be some bigger issue under the surface?

Here are the details of each crash…

MSC Opera | June 2019 | Venice, Italy

This most recent accident occurred as two tugboats guided the MSC Opera into Venice. The tugboats tried, but were unable to prevent MSC Opera from ramming into the moored riverboat. As reported by CBS News , Davide Calderan, president of a tugboat association in Venice said “The two tugboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the river boat.”

The impact dislodged the riverboat from the pier, leaving at least two passengers caught on the walkway as they tried to disembark the small vessel. Five people were injured in the incident in the Giudecca Canal. Venice authorities are investigating the ship’s commander and pilot, as well as employees of the dock and the tugboat association, according to reports.

Following the accident, MSC stated that Opera “experienced a technical issue” and that “investigations to understand the exact causes of the events are currently in progress.”

MSC Orchestra | February 2019 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Before the MSC Opera, there was another collision involving docked ships. This time the MSC Orchestra hit the MSC Poesia as the Poesia was docked in Buenos Aires. According to a statement given to Express.co.uk :

“On 20 February 2019 at 22:11:00 local time, MSC Orchestra undocked to leave the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated from its course while maneuvering out of the port and lightly grazed the forward part of MSC Poesia, which was docked alongside.

“While this may have been noticed by some passengers, there was never any risk for guests or crew on board, and there was no impact for the environment.”

Following the accident, although minor, the Orchestra had to adjust its itinerary on the rest of the cruise.

MSC Armonia | April 2018 | Roatan, Honduras

MSC Armonia crashed into the dock, then ran aground on the beach at Port Coxen Hole on the island of Roatán, Honduras just over one year ago. No one received any injuries in the incident, and the ship sustained only minor damage.

Fox News reported that “Crew members attempted to slow the ship upon realizing it was traveling too fast into port, according to NPR, reportedly by throwing two anchors overboard just before the ship hit the dock . . . while the anchors may have been deployed too late to slow the vessel’s entry into port.”

At the time, MSC released a statement that “While maneuvering alongside, for reasons that are currently still being duly investigated, the ship deviated from her course and grazed the end of the pier.”

Following the accident, some ships had to be re-routed after the dock was damaged in Roatan.

Is Something Wrong?

Given the similarity of these three accidents involving MSC vessels, it begs the question if this is more than coincidence. There’s no doubt that maneuvering large vessels like these in crowded ports is difficult. And to be fair, other cruise lines have incidents as well. Still, having three such mishaps in such a short time frame is unusual.

Is there a mechanical issue shared between these (and perhaps other) MSC ships that’s to blame for the issues? Or perhaps there is a need for more or better training of the cruise line’s navigation crew or port pilots?

No matter the reason, no passenger – or cruise line – wants to see any more incidents like these going forward.

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This seems to be a problem with a propulsion AZIPOD system. Mechanical issue.

Our tour company was present when the MSC Armonia hit the dock and reef in Port of Roatan. The vessel was coming in too hot, finally dropping multiple anchors and damaging our reef even further. I could understand if this was a one time incident, however MSC’s negligence on multiple occasions is a disaster waiting to happen.

I was on one of the ships whose itinerary had to be changed due to the Roatán crash. Ironically, two days later, we ended up docked next to Armonia in Cozumel, MX.

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Massive Cruise Ship Crashes Into Port In Venice, Injuring At Least 5

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The MSC Opera cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy canal in Venice, Italy. An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash. Luca Bruno/AP hide caption

The MSC Opera cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy canal in Venice, Italy. An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

A cruise ship crashed into a tourist boat and then into a dock in Venice, Italy, on Sunday after an engine failure.

Video posted to social media showed passengers escaping from the tourist boat and running down the dock as the cruise ship rapidly approached.

Video posted to social media showed tourists fleeing a cruise ship as it crashed into a tourist boat and dock in Venice, Italy.

The 13-deck MSC Opera rammed into the dock with its horns blaring, injuring five tourists, according to The Associated Press . Two tugboats tried to guide the cruise ship but were unable to prevent it from crashing.

Alyssa Goldfarb, public relations director for MSC Cruises, the ship's owner, told NPR:

"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 river boat that was moored there. "The investigations to understand the exact causes of the events are currently in progress. Regarding these, the company is working closely with the local maritime and other authorities. "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."

"When we saw the ship bearing down on us, everyone began shouting and running," said a sailor who was on the tourist boat, according to AFP . "I didn't know what to do. I got away quickly, jumping to get on shore."

"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 can carry more than 2,675 passengers, and according to its sailing schedule, the ship left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and to 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."

Quello che è successo nel porto di #Venezia è la conferma di quello che diciamo da tempo: le #GrandiNavi non devono passare dalla Giudecca. Per questo da mesi insieme ai ministri @DaniloToninelli e @BonisoliAlberto stiamo lavorando per spostarle e siamo vicini alla soluzione — Sergio Costa (@SergioCosta_Gen) June 2, 2019

Nicola Fratoianni, a politician with the Italian Left party, tweeted that Italy's allowance of massive cruise ships contrasted with its efforts to stop rescue boats carrying migrants.

"It is truly curious that a country that tries to stop ships that have saved people at sea from entering its ports allows giant steel monsters to risk carnage in Venice," he said.

Curioso quel Paese che blocca navi che salvano vite e permette a grandi navi di attraversare #Venezia ... Situazione intollerabile. Interrogazione in Parlamento, e subito blocco passaggio navi da crociera dal canale della Giudecca #NoGrandiNaviVenezia https://t.co/eff5oAC3hj — nicola fratoianni (@NFratoianni) June 2, 2019
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Huge cruise ship plows into dock in Venice; at least 5 injured

Updated on: June 2, 2019 / 4:36 PM EDT / AP

Venice, Italy — A towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy Venice canal Sunday morning, injuring at least five tourists, officials said. The collision sparked new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed but strained tourist city.

The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. local time on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark's Square in the northeastern Italian city.

The MSC Opera cruise ship, apparently unable to stop, blared its horn as it slammed into the much smaller river boat and the dock as dozens of people run away in panic. In videos of the crash, people were seen rushing to disembark from the moored riverboat over a short gangplank, and at least two people were left caught on the walkway as the vessel was dislodged from the pier.

#Venezia #VIDEO la nave da crociera #Opera di @MSC_Crociere fuori controllo ha speronato stamattina il battello fluviale #Michelangelo e la banchina. Qualcuno ci spiegherà perché le navi che salvano vite sono sotto sequestro, mentre queste #grandinavi sono libere di far danni. pic.twitter.com/mSyhCMvvZc — Beppe Caccia (@beppecaccia) June 2, 2019

Elisabetta Pasqualin was watering plants on her terrace when she heard warning sirens and stepped out to see the crash.

"There was this huge ship in a diagonal position in the Giudecca Canal, with a tugboat near which seemed like it couldn't do anything," she said.

She described the ship "advancing slowly but inevitably towards the dock." She said "the bow of the ship crashed hard into the bank with its massive weight crushing a big piece of it. Sirens were wailing loudly; it was a very dramatic scene."

When the cruise ship rammed the river boat, she said the smaller vessel looked like it was "made of plastic or paper" rather than steel.

Local officials said five women aboard the riverboat were injured. They said one was released immediately from a hospital, while four others were advised to remain under medical care for a few days.

Earlier, medical authorities said four of the women - an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 — were injured falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed into the River Countess.

Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season.

The cruise ship's owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem. Two tugboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop the massive cruise ship, but they were unable to prevent it from ramming into the river boat.

"The two tugboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the river boat," Davide Calderan, president of a tugboat association in Venice, told the Italian news agency ANSA.

Calderan said the cruise ship's engine was locked when the captain called for help.

Following the collision, calls for banning cruise ships in Venice, long a source of contention in the over-extended tourist city, were renewed.

For many, the crash served as a wake-up call. Opponents say cruise ships are out-of-scale for Venice, cause pollution, endanger the lagoon's ecosystem and a danger.

"Obviously, we've seen today that our worst fears have come true," said Jane Da Mosto, an environmental scientist and executive director of We Are Here Venice. Her group backs efforts to ban cruise ships from Venice.

"There were 111 people on the river cruise boat that the big ship crashed into. They could have all died," she said. She said the cruise ship could have plowed through the concrete embankment and "hit houses, monuments and crowds of people."

"The port authority, the government ministers, the other institutions have often tried to ridicule the resistance movement against the cruise ships, saying that an accident like this could never occur," she added. "The government shouldn't be so weak in giving in to the pressure of the lobby groups, like the cruise ship companies."

The collision came four days after a river cruise ship collided with a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists in Hungary's capital, killing seven and leaving 21 others missing.

Not everyone in Venice is opposed to the cruise ships. Pasqualin, the woman who witnessed the collision, counted herself among those prior to Sunday's crash.

"I've always been positive about the ships, but I have to admit I've started to change my mind now, because this was a tragic, terrible and dramatic scene," she said.

Italian officials said the collision underscored the need to ban cruise ships from using the busy Giudecca Canal, but they stopped short of calling for a ban on cruise ships.

"Today's accident in the port of Venice proves that cruise ships shouldn't be allowed to pass down the Giudecca anymore," said Danilo Toninelli, Italy's transport minister. "After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism."

The MSC Opera was built in 2004. It can carry over 2,675 passengers in 1,071 cabins. According to its sailing schedule, it left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu in Greece before returning Sunday to Venice.

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It’s the collision no one saw coming. A loss of control at the worst time possible.

As the 66,000-tonne ship ploughed through waters towards Venice, MSC Opera failed to slow down as it hurtled towards the passenger terminal on the Giudecca canal.

Terrified tourists watched on — with some fleeing on foot in horror — as the 275m cruise ship collided with the busy embankment and a small tourist boat.

It was a collision that injured four passengers — including two Australians — but could have been so much worse.

The MSC Opera cruise ship is moored in Venice, Italy after it rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat. Picture: AP Photo/Luca Bruno

While an investigation into what happened on-board the 13-deck ship is underway, initial speculation suggests the collision may have happened after a cable used to link cruise ships to the tug boats that pull them into the city’s canals broke.

However, Davide Calderan, the head of a tugboat company involved in accompanying the ship into its berth, told Italian media the problem was in the engine.

“The MSC ship had an engine failure, which was immediately reported by the captain,” Mr Calderan said, noting the pilot was able to steer the ship to the right-hand side and stop further damage.

“The engine was blocked but with its thrust on because the speed was increasing.

“The two tug boats that had been guiding the ship into the dock tried to slow it, but one of the chains linking them to the giant snapped under the pressure.”

One Venetian resident told Italian media: “I could see the prow coming closer, and I thought it would hit my house. The noise was deafening,”

The damaged River Countess tourist boat alongside the MSC Opera. Picture: Andrea Pattaro / AFP

Miami-based maritime lawyer and cruise safety advocate Jim Walker says the “engine failure” isn’t uncommon, and the accident has rekindled a heated row in Italy over the risks large cruise ships pose in the canal.

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“Power failure or power loss of large cruise ships are not uncommon,” Mr Walker told news.com.au.

“Most occur when the ships have left ports … the cruise lines usually state that the propulsion failures occurred for ‘technical reasons’.

“In most cases, the power loss does not occur at critical moments. But in this case, the ship apparently lost power at a critical time as the MSC Opera was approaching port.”

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Mr Walker said Venice required all ships to be handled by two tugs when entering the port, with one at the bow and one at the stern

But the line at the front of the ship that reportedly failed “may have contributed to the accident”.

“An accident like this can occur due to power loss, secondary failure of bow and/or stern lines going to the accompanying tugs, poor seamanship and weather condition depending on the circumstances,” Mr Walker said.

“Cruise lines typically will not disclose the precise nature of the power failure, choosing instead to simply state that there was a disruption of power due to ‘technical reasons’.

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“The power loss involving the MSC Opera occurred during a critical moment. This is not the first time that any MSC cruise ship struck a pier in Venice. The MSC Prezioss collided with a peer and damaged part of a maritime station five years ago.”

According to Mr Walker, in 2016 alone there were at least 18 power losses on board cruise ships, either complete or partial, operated by the major US-based lines.

The veteran maritime lawyer said when a loss of power occurred at such a “critical moment”, the captain or master lost all control.

“Crew ships typically have redundant power systems, however it is not possible for a secondary power source to immediately or instantaneously activate in time to avert an accident like this,” he explained, noting there was nothing the captain could’ve done to avoid the collision.

“The captain of the cruise ship remains responsible (practically and legally) even when a local pilot is aboard.

“The pilots may have greater familiarity with the ports, however the ships are always under the command in orders of the master.”

The most recent incident of power loss occurred in March when the Viking Sky cruise ship lost power as it sailed towards Stavanger, Norway in heavy seas.

Passengers are rescued by helicopter from the stranded cruise ship Viking Sky off the coast of Norway. Thirteen hundred passengers were evacuated from the vessel that developed engine failure in very heavy seas. Pic Source: Twitter

The Viking Sky was carrying 1373 passengers and crew when it had engine trouble during a storm off the western coast of Norway. Afraid of dashing up on the rocks, the crew anchored amid heavy seas and high winds and an operation began to evacuate everyone on board.

More than 475 passengers were flown one by one off the ship as it bobbed at sea.

As weather eased, a decision was made to halt the rescues and head to Molde, which it reached 24 hours after alarm bells were initially raised.

The collision on Sunday has reignited the protest around ships docking in Venice. For many, the crash served as a wake-up call with opponents arguing cruise ships are out of scale for Venice, cause pollution, endanger the lagoon’s ecosystem and are a danger.

“Obviously, we’ve seen today that our worst fears have come true,” said Jane Da Mosto, an environmental scientist and executive director of We Are Here Venice. Her group backs efforts to ban cruise ships from Venice.

A tourist river boat was struck by a towering cruise liner that lost power as it entered a port in Venice. Picture: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

“There were 111 people on the river cruise boat that the big ship crashed into. They could have all died,” she said. She said the cruise ship could have ploughed through the concrete embankment and “hit houses, monuments and crowds of people”.

“The port authority, the government ministers, the other institutions have often tried to ridicule the resistance movement against the cruise ships, saying that an accident like this could never occur,” she added. “The Government shouldn’t be so weak in giving in to the pressure of the lobby groups, like the cruise ship companies.”

Mr Walker said cruise ships had become too large for the area.

“(The ships) present too much of a danger to a historian city like Venice,” he said, noting this could happen again if a change in route is not made.

Members of Venice's ‘No Big Ships’ committee stage a protest by the MSC Opera cruise ship in Venice. Picture: Andrea Pattaro / AFP

“There have been a number of proposed resolutions to this problem, including barring ships over 100,000 gross tonnes from entering the port.

“There are also suggestions that ships should anchor and ferry the tourists into the city.”

The collision came four days after a river cruise ship collided with a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists in Hungary’s capital, killing seven and leaving 21 others missing.

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VENICE, Italy — A towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning, injuring four tourists and sparking new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed but strained tourist city.

The collision happened about 8:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark’s Square in the northeastern Italian city.

The cruise ship, apparently unable to stop, blared its horn as it plows into the much smaller river boat and the dock as dozens of people run away in panic.

Elisabetta Pasqualin was watering plants on her terrace when she heard warning sirens and stepped out to see the crash.

“There was this huge ship in a diagonal position in the Giudecca Canal, with a tugboat near which seemed like it couldn’t do anything,” she said.

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MSC cruise ship is seen behind the Marittima port after a crash at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. Photo By Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

She described the ship “advancing slowly but inevitably towards the dock.” She said “the bow of the ship crashed hard into the bank with its massive weight crushing a big piece of it. Sirens were wailing loudly; it was a very dramatic scene.”

When the cruise ship rammed the river boat, she said the smaller vessel looked like it was “made of plastic or paper” rather than steel.

Medical authorities say four female tourists — an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 — were injured falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed into the tourist boat, the River Countess.

Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season.

The cruise ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem. Two tugboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop the massive cruise ship, but they were unable to prevent it from ramming into the river boat.

“The two tugboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the river boat,” Davide Calderan, president of a tugboat association in Venice, told the Italian news agency ANSA.

Calderan said the cruise ship’s engine was locked when the captain called for help.

Following the collision, calls for banning cruise ships in Venice, long a source of contention in the over-extended tourist city, were renewed.

For many, the crash served as a wake-up call. Opponents say cruise ships are out-of-scale for Venice, cause pollution, endanger the lagoon’s ecosystem and a danger.

“Obviously, we’ve seen today that our worst fears have come true,” said Jane Da Mosto, an environmental scientist and executive director of We Are Here Venice. Her group backs efforts to ban cruise ships from Venice.

“There were 111 people on the river cruise boat that the big ship crashed into. They could have all died,” she said. She said the cruise ship could have plowed through the concrete embankment and “hit houses, monuments and crowds of people.”

“The port authority, the government ministers, the other institutions have often tried to ridicule the resistance movement against the cruise ships, saying that an accident like this could never occur,” she added. “The government shouldn’t be so weak in giving in to the pressure of the lobby groups, like the cruise ship companies.”

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San Basilio dock is pictured after MSC Opera cruise ship crashed in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. Photo By Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

The collision came four days after  a river cruise ship collided with a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists  in Hungary’s capital, killing seven and leaving 21 others missing.

Not everyone in Venice is opposed to the cruise ships. Pasqualin, the woman who witnessed the collision, counted herself among those prior to Sunday’s crash.

“I’ve always been positive about the ships, but I have to admit I’ve started to change my mind now, because this was a tragic, terrible and dramatic scene,” she said.

Italian officials said the collision underscored the need to ban cruise ships from using the busy Giudecca Canal, but they stopped short of calling for a ban on cruise ships.

“Today’s accident in the port of Venice proves that cruise ships shouldn’t be allowed to pass down the Giudecca anymore,” said Danilo Toninelli, Italy’s transport minister. “After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism.”

The MSC Opera was built in 2004. It can carry over 2,675 passengers in 1,071 cabins. According to its sailing schedule, it left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu in Greece before returning Sunday to Venice.

Cain Burdeau reported from Castelbuono, Sicily.

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A massive cruise ship slammed into a tour boat, then crashed into a crowded dock

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A 65,000-ton cruise ship blared an urgent horn as it made a beeline toward a busy Venetian dock, sending panicked onlookers running for safety.

Video showed the moment the 2,100-passenger MSC Opera bumped a nearby river boat early Sunday morning before slamming into the wharf in the San Basilio Terminal on the Giudecca Canal. A deep thud and then the sound of shattering glass could be heard as the vessel scrapped along the quay and passersby shouted instructions to flee the rogue cruise ship.

Port authorities told Agence France-Presse four tourists sustained minor injuries.

MSC Cruises said in a statement to The Washington Post that the ship experienced “a technical issue” as it moved toward the dock for mooring.

The cruise company would not elaborate on the possible cause of the collision.

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“The investigations to understand the exact causes of the events are currently in progress,” the statement read. “Regarding these, the company is working closely with the local maritime and other authorities.

“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.”

As the boat’s massive bow began to move toward people on the dock, witnesses said many people ran screaming, according to AFP .

One man said he wasn’t sure what to do but recalled that he “got away quickly, jumping to get on shore,” he said, according to the news agency.

MSC Opera experienced technical problems in 2011, when the ship lost power in the Baltic, leaving hundreds of passengers without light and working toilets, BBC News reported at the time . The passengers were flown home, according to BBC News.

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MSC Opera cruise ship is seen after a crash in San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A large cruise ship allided with pier and smaller passenger vessel in Venice, Italy on Sunday, injuring four people, local officials said.

MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger Opera was approaching a terminal on the Giudecca canal when it struck the dock and a nearby ferry due to a technical problem.

Pino Musolino, chairman of the northern Adriatic Sea port authority, said four people had suffered minor injuries in the crash, as reported by Reuters. Emergency workers said the cruise ship appeared to have lost control after a steel cable that tied it to a tugboat snapped, the Reuters report said.

Photos show damage to the ship and concrete pier.

The accident was caught on video from multiple angles:

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A cruise ship passes by St. Mark’s Square in Venice on the same day that the MSC “Opera” cruise ship crashed into another boat on the Giudecca Canal.

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A towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning, injuring five people, officials said. The collision sparked new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed city.

The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark’s Square in the northeastern Italian city.

The MSC Opera cruise ship, apparently unable to stop, blared its horn as it slammed into the much smaller River Countess boat and the dock as dozens of people ran away in panic. In videos of the crash, people were seen rushing to disembark from the moored riverboat over a short gangplank, and at least two people were left caught on the walkway as the vessel was dislodged from the pier.

Elisabetta Pasqualin was watering plants on her terrace when she heard warning sirens and stepped out to see the crash.

“There was this huge ship in a diagonal position in the Giudecca Canal, with a tugboat near which seemed like it couldn’t do anything,” she said.

She described the ship “advancing slowly but inevitably towards the dock.” She said “the bow of the ship crashed hard into the bank with its massive weight crushing a big piece of it. Sirens were wailing loudly; it was a very dramatic scene.”

When the cruise ship rammed the riverboat, she said the smaller vessel looked like it was “made of plastic or paper” rather than steel.

The MSC “Magnifica” cruise ship passed by the tourist boat in the foreground that was struck by the MSC “Opera” ship on Sunday.

The MSC “Magnifica” cruise ship passed by the tourist boat in the foreground that was struck by the MSC “Opera” ship on Sunday.

Local officials said five women aboard the riverboat were injured. They said one was released immediately from a hospital, while four others were advised to remain under medical care for a few days.

Earlier, medical authorities said four of the women—an American, a New Zealander, and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72—were injured falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed into the River Countess . Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season. The cruise ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the vessel was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem. Two tugboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop the MSC Opera , but they were unable to prevent it from ramming into the riverboat.

“The two tugboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the riverboat,” Davide Calderan, president of a tugboat association in Venice, told the Italian news agency ANSA.

Calderan said the cruise ship’s engine was locked when the captain called for help. Italian media posted an audio clip of the MSC Opera ’s pilot telling emergency officials that the ship experienced a loss of controls and “activated all the procedures to avoid what in the end happened, which was an impact.”

On an audio clip, the pilot said anchors were dropped and that tugboats connected to the ship’s bow and stern took maneuvers to stop the ship. “Here on the bridge, we don’t understand what happened,” the pilot is heard saying. An investigation was launched.

The collision froze boat traffic in the busy canal and forced another MSC cruise ship to drop anchors in front of the historic city as it waited for the damaged vessels to be removed. Coincidentally, this famous maritime city on Sunday was celebrating an ancient tradition called the “Marriage of the Sea,” which features processions of boats. But the crash forced parts of the celebration to be canceled, Italian media reported.

A map of where the cruise ship crashed into a dock on Sunday

A map of where the cruise ship crashed into a dock on Sunday

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Following the collision, calls for banning cruise ships in Venice, long a source of contention in the over-extended tourist city, were renewed. For many, the crash served as a wake-up call. Opponents say cruise ships are out-of-scale for Venice, cause pollution, endanger the lagoon’s ecosystem and are a danger.

“Obviously, we’ve seen today that our worst fears have come true,” said Jane Da Mosto, an environmental scientist and executive director of We Are Here Venice. Her group backs efforts to ban cruise ships from Venice.

“There were 111 people on the river cruise boat that the big ship crashed into. They could have all died,” she said. She said the cruise ship could have plowed through the concrete embankment and “hit houses, monuments and crowds of people.

“The port authority, the government ministers, the other institutions have often tried to ridicule the resistance movement against the cruise ships, saying that an accident like this could never occur,” she added. “The government shouldn’t be so weak in giving in to the pressure of the lobby groups, like the cruise ship companies.” The collision came four days after a river cruise ship collided with a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists in Hungary’s capital, killing seven and leaving 21 others missing.

Not everyone in Venice is opposed to the cruise ships. Pasqualin, the woman who witnessed the collision, counted herself among those prior to Sunday’s crash.

“I’ve always been positive about the ships, but I have to admit I’ve started to change my mind now, because this was a tragic, terrible and dramatic scene,” she said.

Italian officials said the collision underscored the need to ban cruise ships from using the busy Giudecca Canal, but they stopped short of calling for a ban on cruise ships.

“Today’s accident in the port of Venice proves that cruise ships shouldn’t be allowed to pass down the Giudecca anymore,” said Danilo Toninelli, Italy’s transport minister. “After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism.”

The MSC Opera was built in 2004. It can carry over 2,675 passengers in 1,071 cabins. According to its sailing schedule, it left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and Mykonos, Santorini, and Corfu in Greece before returning Sunday to Venice.

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Cruise ship crashes into tourist boat in Venice, injuring five people

Ship strikes dock and tourist river boat on busy canal in Italian city

The mayor of Venice has said cruise ships must change their routes after a huge holiday vessel crashed into a wharf and tourist boat, injuring five people.

Luigi Brugnaro said it was no longer conceivable that cruise ships could pass through the busy Giudecca canal and called for a new route to open immediately.

A video of the crash – which happened on Sunday morning after the 13-deck MSC Opera experienced an engine failure – shows people on land fleeing as the ship scrapes along the dockside, siren blaring, before ploughing into the River Countess tourist boat.

#BREAKING : Tourists flee as cruise liner smashes into dock in Venice pic.twitter.com/DSIjHckYxk — Russian Market (@russian_market) June 2, 2019

Footage show people rushing to disembark from the moored riverboat over a short gangplank, and at least two people left caught on the walkway as the vessel was dislodged from the pier.

Elisabetta Pasqualin was watering plants on her terrace when she heard warning sirens and stepped out to see the crash.

“There was this huge ship in a diagonal position in the Giudecca Canal, with a tugboat near which seemed like it couldn’t do anything,” she said.

She described the ship “advancing slowly but inevitably towards the dock.” She said “the bow of the ship crashed hard into the bank with its massive weight crushing a big piece of it. Sirens were wailing loudly; it was a very dramatic scene.”

When the cruise ship rammed the riverboat, she said the smaller vessel looked like it was “made of plastic or paper” rather than steel.

Local officials said five women aboard the riverboat were injured. They said one was released immediately from a hospital, while four others were advised to remain under medical care for a few days.

Earlier, medical authorities said four of the women – an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 – were injured falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed into the River Countess.

Venice’s port authority said it was working to resolve the accident and free up the blocked canal. “But from tomorrow we need to move, all together and as quickly as possible, to resolve the cruise ship traffic problem,” said Pino Musolino of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority.

That cruise ships are allowed to pass through the Giudecca canal, a major thoroughfare that leads towards St Mark’s Square, before disgorging thousands of people in the popular tourist destination, has been a point of contention for years.

In June 2017, the No Grandi Navi (no large ships) activist group held an unofficial referendum in which Venetians voted in favour of ousting the ships from the city’s lagoon.

“We have four people bruised and one wounded … it could have been much worse,” Brugnaro tweeted . “It is no longer conceivable that big ships cross the Giudecca canal. We ask for the immediate opening of the Vittorio Emanuele [canal].”

A plan to divert large cruise ships away from St Mark’s basin and the Giudecca canal and towards the Vittorio Emanuele canal was drawn up by local authorities four years ago. “And in that time there has been no response [from the national government],” said Paola Mar, Venice tourism chief. “Our message is clear: enough, now.”

The cruise ship next to the smaller tourist boat in Venice

Danilo Toninelli, who became transport minister a year ago, said the government was finally close to a solution. “Today’s accident at the port of Venice shows that big ships should no longer pass through the Giudecca,” he tweeted . “After so many years of inertia, we are finally close to a definitive solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism.”

Environmentalists have long claimed that waves caused by the cruise ships have eroded the underwater supports of buildings and polluted the waters.

Sergio Costa, the environment minister, said the government was close to finding a solution. “What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time,” he said.

It is unclear whether the solution would mean cruise ships of all sizes being banned from the canal.

In November 2017 , Italy’s previous administration announced a plan for ships weighing more than 96,000 tonnes to instead enter the lagoon via the Malamocco canal to reach the mainland area of Marghera, where a passenger terminal would be built. Meanwhile, medium-sized vessels would go past Marghera and take the longer route through the Vittorio Emanuele canal before reaching the Marittima terminal, where cruise liners currently dock.

But if and when final government approval comes, work on the new route, which requires the dredging of canals and construction of a new port, would take an estimated four years. And while diverting the ships would better preserve the historic centre, the move will do little to address concerns about pollution.

MSC Cruises, founded in Italy in 1960, is a global line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva.

The Opera, built 15 years ago, experienced a power failure in 2011 in the Baltic, forcing 2,000 people to disembark in Stockholm rather than continuing their voyage from Southampton to St Petersburg.

Venice attracts an estimated 30 million visitors a year.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Massive Cruise Ship Crashes Into Port In Venice, Injuring At Least 5

A cruise ship crashed into a tourist boat and then into a dock in Venice, Italy, on Sunday after an engine failure.

Video posted to social media showed passengers escaping from the tourist boat and running down the dock as the cruise ship rapidly approached.

The 13-deck MSC Opera rammed into the dock with its horns blaring, injuring five tourists, according to The Associated Press . Two tugboats tried to guide the cruise ship but were unable to prevent it from crashing.

Alyssa Goldfarb, public relations director for MSC Cruises, the ship’s owner, told NPR:

“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 river boat that was moored there. “The investigations to understand the exact causes of the events are currently in progress. Regarding these, the company is working closely with the local maritime and other authorities. “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.”

“When we saw the ship bearing down on us, everyone began shouting and running,” said a sailor who was on the tourist boat, according to AFP . “I didn’t know what to do. I got away quickly, jumping to get on shore.”

“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 can carry more than 2,675 passengers, and according to its sailing schedule, the ship left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and to 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.”

Nicola Fratoianni, a politician with the Italian Left party, tweeted that Italy’s allowance of massive cruise ships contrasted with its efforts to stop rescue boats carrying migrants.

“It is truly curious that a country that tries to stop ships that have saved people at sea from entering its ports allows giant steel monsters to risk carnage in Venice,” he said.

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Cruise Ship Rams Into Tourist Boat and Dock in Venice, Injuring at Least 4

By Elisabetta Povoledo

  • June 2, 2019

ROME — A colossal cruise liner plowed into a smaller tour ship and a wharf on a canal in Venice on Sunday morning, injuring four people and reigniting arguments about the dangers of allowing the huge vessels to pass through the fragile lagoon city .

Footage of the crash showed the cruise liner, the approximately 900-foot-long MSC Opera , blaring its horn as it hit the wharf and crashed into the tour ship, the River Countess, which was docked at the San Basilio Terminal on the Giudecca Canal, where passengers often disembark from smaller vessels.

The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Videos taken from the dock showed the ship heading straight for the wharf, unable to stop, while people on the quay ran away in panic. Four people from the cruise ship were treated for light injuries, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The MSC Opera was approaching the cruise ship terminal in Venice to dock when it had a “technical problem,” the ship’s operator, MSC, said in a statement. The company said that the ship had been accompanied by two tugboats when it hit the wharf and the smaller boat at San Basilio.

Investigations were underway to “understand the exact dynamic of the facts,” the statement said, adding that the company was cooperating fully with the local authorities.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro of Venice said the accident confirmed that “it’s no longer thinkable that big ships can pass through the Giudecca Canal. We’ve been saying it for eight years,” ANSA reported. According to the agency, Mr. Brugnaro said he had spoken to the Italian infrastructure minister, adding, “Now we must urgently make sure that ships no longer pass in front of St. Mark’s.”

Venice is a popular destination for cruise ships, which sail past St. Mark’s Square and down the Giudecca Canal to dock at the cruise ship terminal. But for years, residents have raised concerns about the effects that the massive ships have had on the frail city, citing the damage caused by pollution, erosion on underwater foundations and potential crashes.

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In 2017, a committee of local, provincial and national officials announced a plan to divert cruise ships along a roundabout route through an existing canal that would skirt the city altogether.

But the proposal was not put in place, with critics saying that the potential impact on the lagoon had not been sufficiently analyzed. Many say that the large ships should steer clear of the area altogether, and dock instead at cities like Trieste, farther round the coast.

The Italian coalition government, which came to power in elections a year ago, has asked for further cost-benefit studies to weigh other options.

Pino Musolino, the president of the Port of Venice, said in a statement that it was urgent to move “as quickly as possible to finally give a solution to the question of large ships in Venice, removing cruise ship traffic from the Basin of St. Mark and the Giudecca Canal.”

Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli said in a post on Twitter on Sunday that the crash “showed that big ships must no longer pass through the Giudecca.”

“After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a definitive solution to protect both the laguna and tourism,” he added.

Giuseppe Tattara, a member of a Venetian citizens’ committee that has vociferously opposed the cruise ships, said that the collision on Sunday proved that “accidents can always happen, even with modern ships, despite the assurances of companies that say that there are no risks.”

Mr. Tattara said that had the MSC Opera crashed about 100 yards before the wharf, “the ship would have hit the older boardwalk along the canal, which “would have disintegrated.”

“The only solution is that cruise ships remain out of the lagoon,” he added.

Follow Elisabetta Povoledo on Twitter: @EPovoledo .

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Authorities apprehended a man who leaped from a cruise ship and swam ashore at the Port of Naha, Japan .

The incident transpired on the evening of February 1, prompting a cruise ship agent to alert the fire department after witnessing a person, believed to be a man, diving into the sea. Subsequent searches by the fire department and other responders led to the discovery of the individual on the quay.

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