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Call to ban cruise ships from Venice canal

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Italy’s transport minister Danilo Toninelli has called for cruise ships to be banned from using the Giudecca Canal in Venice, after an out-of-control liner rammed a river tourist boat in the Italian city on Sunday injuring five people.

Videos of the crash show the MSC Opera cruise ship, apparently unable to halt its momentum ploughing into a much smaller river boat and the dock.

In a reaction to what happened, Toninelli said that cruise ships shouldn’t be allowed to pass down the Giudecca canal any more.

Cruise ship collides with tourist boat in Venice
People protest after the MSC cruise ship Opera collided with a tourist boat, in Venice, Italy. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREA MEROLA

The collision happened at about 8.30 am on Sunday on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St Mark’s Square.

Cruise ship collides with tourist boat in Venice
The cruise ship MSC Opera (R) is seen after the collision with a tourist boat, in Venice, Italy. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREA MEROLA

The cruise ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem.

Two towboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop the liner, but they were unable to prevent it from ramming into the river boat.

 

Via BBC

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