The cruise ship ‘Costa Deliziosa’ hardly avoided collision with the dock while transiting a canal in Venice during inclement weather on Sunday. The incident comes only a month after a similar incident involving a cruise ship in Venice, surging concerns about the safety of large cruise ships in Venice’s canals.
Video circulated through social media show the ship veering very close to the esplanade. The video made headlines as it comes only a month after the huge cruise ship ‘MSC Opera’ crashed into the dock, as well as on a moored river boat, while arriving at the busy Giudecca Canal in Venice. Four people sustained injuries.
Shortly after this incident, which occurred on 2 June, the historic preservation association Italia Nostra stated that large ships should no longer travel along that channel, citing potential dangers such as erosion of the Lagoon, increasing tourist pressure, high-impact development projects, restoration and renovation of the monumental heritage.
Meanwhile, citizens took to social media to voice their concerns with the hashtag #NoGrandiNavi, claiming that big cruise ships should no longer be allowed in Venice’s canals.
Costa Deliziosa is a 294-metres-long ship with a capacity for 2,826 passengers.