Cruise ship MSC OPERA struck Dutch river cruise ship, both damaged, Venice VIDEO

Cruise ship MSC OPERA at around 0830 LT Jun 2, on arrival to Venice Italy, collided with berthed river cruise ship RIVER COUNTESS in Guidecca Canal, damaging river cruise ship. Four tourists on RIVER COUNTESS reportedly were slightly injured. According to available information, MSC OPERA while maneuvering with assisting tug, suffered propulsion failure, tow line said to break up, the ship went out of control and struck RIVER COUNTESS.
Though both ships are damaged but even RIVER COUNTESS seems not to suffer serious, devastating damages, so everything considered, luckily, it wasn’t a major accident.
Cruise ship MSC OPERA, IMO 9250464, GT 65591, built 2004, flag Panama, operator MSC Cruises, capacity 2679 passengers, crew 728.
River cruise ship RIVER COUNTESS, MMSI 244780776, length 110 meters, built 2003, flag Netherlands, capacity 130 passengers, crew 42.



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