A towering cruise ship rammed right into a dock and a vacationer riverboat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning, injuring 5 folks, officers mentioned. The collision sparked new calls for putting restrictions on cruise ships within the famed metropolis. (June 12)
An Italian official introduced this week Venice would start rerouting cruise ships away from its historic metropolis heart.
Some ships can be redirected to dock at different terminals within the lagoon, together with Fusina and Lombardia, beginning subsequent month, Danilo Toninelli, the Italian minister of infrastructure and transport, mentioned at a Wednesday transport committee listening to, in keeping with CNN and The Financial Times.
By subsequent yr, he mentioned he expects a 3rd of cruise ships can be rerouted.
“We have been speaking about massive ships for 15 years and nothing has been accomplished,” Toninelli mentioned on the listening to, in keeping with CNN. “These floating palaces will begin to go elsewhere.”
The longstanding controversy over security and the environmental influence of cruise ships in Venice’s busy Giudecca Canal got here to a head after a 65,500-ton cruise ship crashed into a much smaller riverboat docked alongside the canal on June 2.
The dramatic Venice collision injured 5 folks. Video confirmed the MSC Opera cruise ship blaring its horn because it bore down on the riverboat and crashed into the cement embankment. The cruise ship’s proprietor, MSC Cruises, mentioned the ship was about to dock at a passenger terminal when it had a mechanical downside and was unable to halt its momentum.
Weeks later, another cruise ship came close to smashing against…