River Countess accidents and incidents

River Countess cruise ship

Former names
SS La Venezia

Length (LOA)
110 m / 361 ft

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  • ship collision - 2019 (with MSC Opera in Venice Italy)
  02 June 2019Ship Collision / Allision

On June 2, 2019, the docked in downtown Venice Italy (on Giudecca Canal) cruise ship River Countess was hit by the maneuvering for berthing ocean liner MSC Opera. The 2700-passenger liner ran into the riverboat at 8:30 am after its engines control got stuck in "on" mode. MSC ship's Navigation Bridge officers on duty continuously sounded its horn. The riverboat was pushed aside from its berth.

The accident resulted in 4 hospitalized injured (none seriously) passengers who tried to disembark the boat and fell into the water dockside. Both vessels sustained only minor hull damages (scratches). According to some news media sources, liner's forward-portside propeller (in-hull mounted propulsion unit used to move the vessel sideways) was switched on by mistake. The assisting for berthing tugboats tried to hold the large vessel back but it was too heavy and snapped their mooring lines/ropes.

MSC Opera was finishing a 7-day Mediterranean Cruise (itinerary May 26 - June 2) roundtrip from homeport Venice to Montenegro (Kotor), Greece (islands Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu) and Italy (Bari).

River Countess was ending a 7-day Italy Cruisetour (itinerary May 26 - June 2) from Verona to Venice, Chioggia, Polesella, Chioggia, Venice Islands (Venice Lagoon) and ending in Venice (overnight stay / June 1-2).

Both vessels involved in the collision were expected and cleared to resume their scheduled itineraries.

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