MSC Lirica accidents and incidents

MSC Lirica cruise ship
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Cabins
988

Length (LOA)
275 m / 902 ft

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  • redesigned/stretched by Fincantieri (Palermo Sicily) in 2015
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Civitavecchia-Rome Italy)
  • near ship collision – 2012 (with containership MSC Lauren)
DateAccident
  September 2015Structural and Technical Issues

In August-November 2015, during its Palermo Sicily drydock refit, the cruise ship was stretched. An ~80 ft / 25 m long prefabricated middle-section was added. The refit resulted in an increased passenger capacity (new cabins), new shops, a Water Park with slides and waterfalls. Following the overhaul, the Lirica ship re-entered service on November 4, 2015, leaving from Genoa Italy on 19-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise to South America (ending in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on Nov 23).

The list of other stretched (elongated) cruise ships includes the fleetmates MSC ArmoniaMSC OperaMSC Sinfonia, the Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros, the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of The Seas and the Fred Olsen ships Black WatchBalmoralBoudiccaBraemar.

  29 April 2012Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On April 29, 2012, upon maneuvering for docking in call port Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy), strong winds pushed the vessel against the pier. The ship sustained hull damages in the area between its bow and bulwarks (portside extension above deck level).

The collision was reported to the Italian authorities and the ship was inspected before departure. The last Mediterranean cruise (scheduled for Nov 10) was cancelled, allowing the vessel to entered drydock for repairs (November 12-17, 2012). Immediately after the drydock followed a Transatlantic repositioning cruise to Florida, ending in homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) on Dec 4.

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

  25 March 2002Ship Collision / Allision

On March 25, 2002, a near collision situation was reported, involving two MSC vessels – Lirica and the container ship MSC Lauren (12400 TEU capacity). The incident occurred in the Mediterranean waters, south of Sicily, where both ships pass at less than 33 ft / 100 m from each other.

The MSC containership Lauren approached Lirica aft starboard. Apparently, the cargo vessel saluted the cruise vessel this way, also blowing its whistles. However, there was a potential risk for ship collision accident in case of power loss, engine or propulsion-navigation system failure on one of the vessels.

After doing a similar “salute”, in January 2012 the Costa Crociere ship Costa Concordia hit a rock and subsequently sank near the Isola del Giglio, Italy.

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