Costa Luminosa accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Costa Luminosa cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 2712-passenger vessel owned by Costa Cruises. Our Costa Luminosa accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
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- fire - 2014
- pollution - 2013 (Baltic Sea)
- injuries/crimes - 2015 (drugs)
- boat rescue - 2018 (Turkish cargo ship in Aegean Sea)
- 2009 - dual christening in Genoa Italy (together with Costa Pacifica)
- medevacs - 2019
|19 April 2019||Coast Guard Medevacs|
On April 19, 2019, an 85-year-old female passenger (suffering a broken leg) was medevaced from the liner navigating in Red Sea en-route from Muscat to Aqaba. The elderly woman (French) broke her leg while the ship was near Saudi Arabia's southwestern coast. The Captain contacted Jeddah's Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (via King Abdulaziz Airport’s Search & Rescue Center). The medical emergency operation was conducted by Saudi Arabia Border Guards' ship Al-Lith dispatched to meet the cruise vessel near Al-Qahmah (southwestern Asir). The woman was offloaded and transferred to Port Jazan, from where was ambulanced to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital.
The incident occurred at the end of the 112-day "Costa World Cruise 2019" roundtrip from Venice Italy (32-day itinerary segment Singapore-Venice) with call ports in Malaysia (Klang, Penang Island), Thailand (Phuket), Sri Lanka (Colombo), India (Cochin, Mormugao, Mumbai), UAE (Dubai), Oman (Muscat), Jordan (Aqaba) and Greece (Piraeus-Athens, Katakolon).
|21 November 2018||Boat Rescue|
On November 21, 2018, at around midnight the cruise liner responded to a distress signal and helped the Hellenic Coast Guard in the rescue of crew from a live fish carrier. The cargo ship (Kilic 1, built 1986, Turkey-flagged) suffered an engine room fire accident in the evening of November 20, while en-route from Tunisia to Turkey, approx 15 km (9 ml) southeast of Cape Matapan (mainland Greece's southernmost point). The vessel was on fire and adrift.
Vessel's crew (11, all Turkish) failed to extinguish the fire and abandoned the ship. All the 11 men boarded the cruise liner in good health. The Hellenic Coast Guard dispatched 6 vessels to the scene, plus 1 navy helicopter and several fire-fighting tugs. Costa Luminosa diverted its course and upon arriving at the scene lowered a tender boat, retrieved all the crew of the burning ship and then transferred them to a merchant ship involved in the rescue operation.
The incident occurred during 7-day Mediterranean cruise (itinerary Nov 17-24) roundtrip from homeport Venice to Bari, Piraeus-Athens, Katakolon, Kotor (Montenegro) and Split (Croatia).
On October 31, 2019, the cruise ship's Captain (Master) Pietro Sinisi was awarded by AFRAS (Association for Rescue at Sea) for saving the cargo ship's crew. The award ceremony was held at RHOB (Rayburn House Office Building) in Washington DC (Capitol Hill neighborhood).
|11 December 2014||Fire Accident|
On December 11, 2014, the vessel experienced an engine room fire, when one of its diesel engines (#4) caught on fire. The accident occurred at ~5 am, during 18-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise (itinerary December 2 to 20) from Europe to the Caribbean (Savona to Miami Florida). No injuries were reported.
|10 December 2013||Other Incidents|
On December 10, 2013, in call port Grand Turk (Eastern Caribbean), a 70-year-old male passenger from the Holland America Line’s (HAL) ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam fell into the water between the pier and the docked there Luminosa. The elderly man remained afloat for ~10 min until a HAL crew jumped and helped him to safety.
In 2013, the cruise vessel was criticized by a Swedish news media for continually dumping raw sewage (toilet wastewater) into Baltic Sea. By the international maritime law, all marine vessels (including cruise ships) should use the ports’ harbor facilities, which wastewater discharging services are often free of charge.
The Swedish media stated that on a single 7-day Baltic Sea cruise itinerary, the quantity of dumped waste could reach over 5 million liters (1,32 million US gallons).
|05 June 2009||Other Incidents|
On June 5, 2009, the naming ceremony took place in Genoa Italy. The event was also special because it was a dual christening, including (for the first time ever) two Costa cruise ships – Luminosa and Costa Pacifica. Both were christened simultaneously, setting a Guinness World record for “Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company”.
Fun fact is that both vessels were also launched simultaneously (on June 5, 2008) at their respective shipbuilding yards in Marghera (Luminosa) and in Sestri Ponente (Pacifica).
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