MSC cruise ship pilot heard saying lost control in Venice

World | 3 Jun 2019 2:03 pm

Italian media have posted an audio clip of the MSC Opera’s pilot telling emergency officials that the cruise ship experienced a loss of controls and “activated all the procedures to avoid” a collision with a riverboat and dock in Venice.

The pilot says anchors were dropped and that tugboats connected to the ship’s bow and stern took maneuvers to stop the ship. The pilot is heard saying that “here on the bridge, we don’t understand what happened.” An investigation has been launched.

The collision injured five people and 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.

Top Italian officials have called for cruise ships to be banned from using the Giudecca Canal in Venice after the  cruise ship rammed both a dock and a river tourist boat in the Italian city.-AP


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