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    2 June 2019, MSC Opera, Venice

    Cruise ship MSC Opera (MMSI: 357627000; Gross Tonnage: 65591) with too much way on, collides with smaller tourist vessel and the quay while coming alongside.

    Four injured.

    Fuels a debate over large cruise ships, which some have sought to ban.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48489158
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    Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
    Deck plan geek.
    The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

    #2
    Originally posted by Clipper View Post
    Cruise ship MSC Opera (MMSI: 357627000; Gross Tonnage: 65591) with too much way on, collides with smaller tourist vessel and the quay while coming alongside.

    Four injured.

    Fuels a debate over large cruise ships, which some have sought to ban.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48489158
    This must have been a horrible experience for those on the bridge, I can almost imagine the stress levels on the bridge.

    As a result of this event, I think the days of sailing this way in to Venice might be numbered.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      #3
      When we have cruised into Venice I was surprised at the speed in such a confined area and that was on a "small" ship. I think a reasonable future will have a size limit on ships and a strictly enforced speed limit. Maybe they allow ships under 50'000 GRT to dock in Venice and anything larger must dock in Marghera.

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        #4
        Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
        When we have cruised into Venice I was surprised at the speed in such a confined area and that was on a "small" ship. I think a reasonable future will have a size limit on ships and a strictly enforced speed limit. Maybe they allow ships under 50'000 GRT to dock in Venice and anything larger must dock in Marghera.
        Even a 50.000 ton ship is quite a large ship... I would rather guess the limit would be a lot less, perhaps as little as half of that.

        There has been significant protests about cruise ships in Venice in the past years...
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          #5
          The Costa Deliziosa also had a near near miss in Venice recently: https://gcaptain.com/watch-large-cru...-venice-canal/

          PS> The yacht in the video is NOT the Tranquillity.

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            #6
            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
            The Costa Deliziosa also had a near near miss in Venice recently: https://gcaptain.com/watch-large-cru...-venice-canal/

            PS> The yacht in the video is NOT the Tranquillity.
            They have to stop sailing the main channel in and out of Venice and use the back-entrance, before an accident happens. This years events is a clear indication that it would be smart, right?
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              #7
              The BBC reports that from September (2019), ships of 1,000+ tonnes will be routed away from certain waterways in the historic centre.

              https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49276730

              The article doesn't enlarge on "certain waterways" but it does say that "some liners will be forced to dock at the Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the city centre" and that "by the end of 2020, a third of all ships will be rerouted."

              Inevitably, it appears that some people are saying words to the effect of "too little, too late".

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              Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
              Deck plan geek.
              The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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              • nari
                nari commented
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                I agree. The damage done by parading tourists, buying up many things in the shops and stores is very detrimental to the nature of this city. It is too little, too late - the damage will probably just continue.

              #8
              It's a step in the right direction, but as sari says, perhaps it's too little too late?

              But at least, it's a step in the right direction.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              • Ralf__
                Ralf__ commented
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                Since the port of Venice is owned also by some cruise companies, guess which ships will be allowed to continue on the old routes??
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