River Empress accidents and incidents

River Empress cruise ship


Length (LOA)
110 m / 361 ft

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CruiseMapper's River Empress cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 132-passenger vessel owned by Uniworld. Our River Empress accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • collision/allision - 2006 (bridge crash near Melk, Austria / Danube River)

25 May 2006Ship Collision / Allision

On May 25, 2006, at ~6 am, the operated by Uniworld river cruise ship hit a bridge near Melk Austria.

The riverboat sustained both hull and interior damages (the onboard restaurant was wrecked, as well as furniture and TVs).

All the 111 passengers were disembarked and bused to Vienna Austria and Budapest Hungary. Several were injured and ambulanced to hospitals.

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

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