MSC Opera, Pier and Tour ship collision

The MSC Opera rammed a pier in Venice. A tour boat was docked there and got caught up in the action.

Haven’t heard of any fatalities in this accident.

Probably not good stuff for me to be watching before heading out today for my cruise.

What’s going on? Is it me or are there more cruise related accidents lately?

Tags: MSC Cruises

7 Answers

There does seem to be more incidents of this recently. Possible because there are a lot more ships which require more captains and the new ones may not have the needed experience or are delegating too much. Add to that the reliance on technology too much and things are bound to happen.

I thought that the harbour pilot would be on board to command the vessel? If not, it looks like someone racing for a parking spot at the mall at Christmas.

one report said a line snapped from the tugboat-not sure that makes much sense though

Agree, there seems to be more instances of dock crashes for sure. Just hope there are no serious injuries.

Our local news reported that the ship was having "mechanical" problems prior to being in the canal. Then due to the problems the tugs lost control to slowly guiding the ship to dock and were not powerful enough to stop the inertia, hence the continuous horn being blown. So to me this was a bad call on the part of the tug boat captains and Harbour Master.

I suspect due to all the new accidents docking....more and more ports will require the ships to tender from out at sea. Especially italy (and Venice) which is becoming more and more frustrated with the whole cruise industry.

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