MSC Poesia accidents and incidents

MSC Poesia cruise ship
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1275

Length (LOA)
294 m / 965 ft

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CruiseMapper's MSC Poesia cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 3060-passenger vessel owned by MSC Cruises. Our MSC Poesia accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • ship collision – 2008 (with Costa Classica / neoClassica in Dubrovnik Croatia)
  • ship grounding – 2012 (Freeport Bahamas)
  • pier collision/allision – 2012 (Falmouth Jamaica)
  • deaths – 2009 (diving in Grand Cayman)
  • injuries/crimes – drug busts (2011, 2014), overboard/rescued (2012)
DateAccident
  04 May 2014Drug Smuggling

On May 4, 2014, the ship was docked in call port Funchal Madeira Island (Portugal’s autonomous territory). The local police boarded and seized 132 kilos of cocaine, also arresting 3 male passengers (aged 29, 32, 33) and charging them with drug smuggling.

The huge amount of cocaine was stored in their stateroom, in their backpacks and also taped around their bodies. The incident occurred during Transatlantic repositioning cruise from South America to Europe (Buenos Aires to Barcelona), which itinerary included call ports in Argentina, Brazil, Canary Islands and Spain.

  12 January 2012Ship Collision / Allision

(pier collision) On January 12, 2012, upon leaving call port Falmouth Jamaica, the cruise vessel’s stern collided with the pier. The accident caused serious damages to both the pier and the ship. The concrete docking pier sustained a gash (~15 ft / 5 m long, and 4 in / 10 cm deep). Upon leaving the port, the ship also ran over a stationary buoy, which was destroyed and subsequently sank. 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.

  09 January 2012Crew / Passenger Injuries and Overboards

(overboard) On January 9, 2012, during the music-themed "Jam Cruise" (itinerary Jan 9-14), an intoxicated male passenger climbed up to a restricted area on Foscolo (Lido) Deck 13 and jumped overboard into the sea. The man was successfully rescued and medevaced (airlifted) to a hospital in Jamaica. The roundtrip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale visited Labadee Haiti and Falmouth Jamaica.

  08 January 2012Ship Grounding

On January 8, 2012, the cruise vessel (drought 26 ft / 8 m) ran aground while navigating into shallow waters (16 ft / 5 m), thus destroying a substantial length of a coral reef. The incident occurred at ~7 am, near Freeport (Grand Bahama island, Bahamas) while navigating towards Port Lucaya.

The ship called for help and was assisted by several tugboats preventing it from causing further damages to the coral reef, as the wind continued to push it into shallower waters.

Although the cruise ship was unable to leave the area until high tide (at ~8 pm), all passengers were disembarked and ferried via its tender boats. The local shore excursions and the scheduled itinerary were not affected. The ship was operating on a “Holy Ship!” (music-themed cruise to Bahamas from Port Everglades) and continued to the next call port Half Moon Cay Island.

Note: Most ship grounding accidents (when the marine vessel’s hull impacts the seabed) happen at lower cruising speeds, since the ships operate in known to be shallow waters. Such incidents usually result in stranding (with or without significant hull damages). However, if the hull is breached, the result would be flooding, which may compromise the vessel’s stability and safety. The well-known example for such a tragic accident is the Costa Concordia sinking after hitting a rock in January 2012.

  04 January 2011Crew / Passenger Crimes

On January 4, 2011, the vessel was docked in homeport Port Everglades (Fot Lauderdale) and preparing for departure on a “Jam Fest” (music-themed) cruise to Western Caribbean. Local authorities (police, Border Protection, DEA, Customs and Immigration officers) boarded and raided the ship searching for contraband goods and illegal drugs. The assisted by sniffing dogs operation resulted in several passenger arrests and a total of 15 seizures (including of LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana, ecstasy, prescription drugs and paraphernalia).

  08 January 2010Other Incidents

On January 8, 2010, the police evacuated ~300 people at Port Everglades cruise terminal 4 (Fort Lauderdale Florida) and closed the terminal.

The incident occurred at ~10:30 am, during disembarkation (from 5-day Bahamas itinerary), after a 25-year-old male passenger was arrested by US Customs officers for carrying a suspicious liquid in his baggage. The disembarkation was delayed as a hazmat technicians team boarded the ship for investigation. The terminal was reopened ~3 hours later.

  30 December 2009Crew / Passenger Deaths

On December 30, 2009, a 52–year–old female passenger died ashore, while the ship was docked in call port George Town (Grand Cayman). The accident occurred at ~4 pm, on a MSC Cruises sponsored diving excursion. During the diving tour, the woman suddenly felt unwell and lost consciousness. Her husband alerted the tour operator’s staff. She was conveyed ashore after undertaking CPR, then immediately ambulanced to George Town Hospital, where was pronounced dead.

  06 June 2008Ship Collision / Allision

On June 6, 2008, two cruise vessels – Poesia and Costa Classica (renamed Costa neoClassica in 2014, now Grand Classica) – collided in the harbor of port Dubrovnik Croatia (Adriatic Sea, Central Mediterranean). The accident occurred after the MSC ship’s anchor line loosened and the vessel drifted towards the Classica ship. No injuries were reported. The scheduled itineraries of both ships were not affected.

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