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    A cruise ship has crashed into a dock in Venice, hitting a smaller vessel.

    The MSC Opera, its horns blaring, ploughed into a wharf in San Basilio-Zattere.
    No major injuries have been reported.



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    Looks like a bad week for cruise ships with the sinking in the Galapagos and the collision and sinking on the Danube.

    Majestic Explorer in the Galapagos:

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    hmmmm, I call that a good week for cruise ships.

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    Appeared to be two tugs involved in the action too. WTF?

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    Any links about the Majestic Explorer? I can't find any stories online about the sinking. Ironic that it's a ship that caters to divers.
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    Poor guy, must have lost power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Appeared to be two tugs involved in the action too. WTF?
    Im guessing the tugs were after the fact. Most cruise ships dock without tugs. That’s a relatively small cruise ship compared to some of the monsters coming into Seattle these days.

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    Tugs appear to be present in the action. One forward, one aft.

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    The Danube sinking is a very sad day for a lot of people, many of them being South Korean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Tugs appear to be present in the action. One forward, one aft.
    I think that's a "later" situation.

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    Banksy displayed this on the streets of Venice a couple of weeks ago.
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    After watching again, I believe the tugs were attached from the start. But they were overpowered.

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    After a bit of google I got nothing very complete. There's a reference that "the engine was locked". Don't know if that was before or after the tugs hooked up. There's reference to strong currents, which would be a good reason to have the tugs, especially the stern tug being dragged backwards. Some of the clips made it appear that the liner took a starboard turn towards the dock which might be why the bow tug could not get the bow turning port. She had a good deal of her way off by the time she hit the bulkhead but earlier film makes it appear that she was moving pretty fast before everything went south.

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    I adore Venice, have been there three times. The cruise liners I think are way overkill for the city. Yes, I know that many Venetians make their living off them, but they are so out of scale. When they are docked on the Guidecca canal they are really an eyesore. Surely they can off load their tourists somewhere without coming right into 'downtown' Venice. Another issue with them is that their tourists do not pay things like apartment or hotel occupancy taxes since they stay on their ship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Any links about the Majestic Explorer? I can't find any stories online about the sinking. Ironic that it's a ship that caters to divers.
    It was the GALAPAGOS MAJESTIC. https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/06...apagos-waters/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    After a bit of google I got nothing very complete. There's a reference that "the engine was locked". Don't know if that was before or after the tugs hooked up. There's reference to strong currents, which would be a good reason to have the tugs, especially the stern tug being dragged backwards. Some of the clips made it appear that the liner took a starboard turn towards the dock which might be why the bow tug could not get the bow turning port. She had a good deal of her way off by the time she hit the bulkhead but earlier film makes it appear that she was moving pretty fast before everything went south.
    In one video I saw, it seemed that there was quite a current going in the same direction as the ship, making the rudder pretty useless. Those poor tugs were pulling their hearts out!
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    What does "engine locked" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    In one video I saw, it seemed that there was quite a current going in the same direction as the ship, making the rudder pretty useless. Those poor tugs were pulling their hearts out!
    I heard in one report that a line from a tug broke. No explanation about the activity of the tug in the process of docking of liner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    It was the GALAPAGOS MAJESTIC.
    Ok.

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    “Ship sinks in #Galapagos. The Majestic Explorer, a 16 passenger luxury ship, ran aground in shallow waters near Santiago island on Friday. All passengers and crew were safely.”
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    Default Re: Cruise Ship Crashes Into Dock In Venice

    Those big cruise ships are mostly driven by azimuth steering pods, diesel electric drive, I would suggest that they (engineers) overloaded the system, too many movements-too fast and power dropped off the board (with a load bang) Heads will roll here.

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