MSC Preziosa accidents and incidents



Length (LOA)
333 m / 1093 ft

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  • renamed from Phoenicia (unfinished project) in 2012
  • pier collision/allision – 2014 (Venice Italy)
  • deaths – 2013 (crew), 2013 (elderly passenger)
Date Accident
  05 April 2014 Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On April 5, 2014, while maneuvering for docking in homepo Venice Italy, even though assisted by 2 tugboats and a designated pilot on board, the vessel hit the pier with its starboard bow. The collision affected the terminal building, damaging one of its passenger walkways. Aka “fingers”, these are glass-walled, covered corridors allowing disembarkation from upper decks. No injuries were reported.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel.

  19 November 2013 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On November 19, 2013, an 87-year-old female passenger sustained a critical head injury after tripping on stairs and falling at ~8:30 pm. She died in the ship’s infirmary at ~9 am the next day.

The woman (Mercedes Lessi Ray, of Brazilian origin) traveled together with her 2 daughters. The body was offloaded in the next call port Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) on Nov 22. The ship was near the end of a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Europe to South America, leaving from Barcelona Spain and ending in homeport Santos (Sao Paulo Brazil) on Nov 26.

  14 July 2013 Crew / Passenger Deaths

On July 14, 2013, a 27-year-old female crew died on the ship. The woman (Maria La Camera, of Italian origin) worked on the ship as hostess, and was fluent in several languages.

After failing to show up for work, at ~7 pm her colleagues went to her cabin and found her dying. The ship was on Mediterranean cruise itinerary, and en-route from Genoa to Naples Italy. The itinerary’s other scheduled call ports were Marseille France, Barcelona Spain and La Goulette Tunisia.

In Naples (July 15), local police boarded the vessel for investigation. The initial examination suggested aneurysm as probable cause of death. The body was ambulanced to a hospital for autopsy.

  04 June 2010 Structural and Technical Issues

On June 4, 2010, the shipbuilder STX France and the GNMTC company (Libyan state-owned corporation) signed a letter of intent for building 1 cruise vessel with MSC Fantasia-class design. The vessel was named “Phoenicia”. Its innovative design featured a 120-ton aquarium with live sharks (as specified by the Muammar Gaddafi’s son Hannibal).

During the construction, in February 2011, the civil war in Libya broke out, and in June STX France canceled the contract, ending up with an unfinished hull.

On March 13, 2012, the MSC cruise company officially announced the purchase of the cruise vessel for EUR 550 million. The design’s new specifications were identical to MSC Divina. The new vessel was then named "MSC Preziosa", delivered to MSC in March 2013.

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