An out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning, on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark's Square in the northeastern Italian city.
Tourists ran in panic. The cruise ship's owner, MSC Cruises, an international cruise ship line with its headquarters in Geneva, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem. The MSC Opera was built in 2004. It can carry over 2,675 passengers in 1,071 cabins. According to its sailing schedule, the cruise ship left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, and Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu in Greece before returning Sunday to Venice. Several people were injured.
„Two towboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the river boat," Davide Calderan, president of a towboat association in Venice, told media. Following the accident, calls for banning cruise ships in Venice renewed. Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships.