Cruise ship collides with Venice tourist boat, injuring four people

Cruise ship appeared lose control after a steel cable tying it to a tugboat snapped

The cruise ship MSC Opera lost control and crashed against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice. Photograph: Reuters

The cruise ship MSC Opera lost control and crashed against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice. Photograph: Reuters

 

A cruise ship collided with a dock and a tourist boat in Venice on Sunday, injuring four people, the local port authority said.

MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger Opera, a 54-metre high and 275-metre long liner which dwarfed the Venice skyline, was approaching a terminal on the Giudecca canal when it hit the dock and a nearby ferry after a technical problem.

The safety of big ships in European cities has been highlighted by the crash last week of a cruise liner with a pleasure boat on the Danube in Budapest, killing seven people and leaving 21 missing presumed dead.

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