The MSC Opera experiences a major mechanical failure while moving through the Giudecca Canal, a major canal in Venice, Italy that leads to St Marks Square.

The collision occurred at approximately 8:30am and the massive cruise ship slammed into a dock and also collided with a tourist boat.

A video of the crash showed that the MSC Opera was unable to slow its forward momentum, sounding its horn as it plowed into the other boat and dock, sending dozens fleeing for safety.

MSC Cruises, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was in process of docking at the passenger terminal when it experienced a mechanical problem. Two tugboats which were guiding the Opera attempted to stop the cruise ship, but were unable to prevent the collision into the river boat.

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

Calls for banning cruise ships in Venice has long been an issue with locals due to its busy tourism, and we’re again renewed following the accident.

Author: Staff Writer

Recommended Posts