Published on Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New ship MSC Grandiosa crashes into pier

Cruise liner MSC Grandiosa has suffered damage after crashing into a pier on approach to Sicily.

The ship, which was launched a month ago, hit a wall at the docks at Palermo on Monday morning.

Photographs taken by passengers show part of the wall had broken away on impact and visible damages to the hull of the ship.  

MSC issued a statement yesterday, saying: "Earlier this morning, around 09:30am CET, MSC Grandiosa experienced a light allision in the port of Palermo. Due to reasons we are still investigating, the ship deviated while manoeuvring along the quayside and lightly grazed the end of the quay with its aft part.

"While this may have been noticed by some passengers or bystanders, there was never any risk for guests or crew on board, and there was no impact for the environment.

"As a result of this graze we conducted some minor repair works - which have already been completed by the early afternoon. While the ship is ready to sail, we may leave Palermo with a slight delay. The itinerary remains unchanged.

"MSC Cruises emphasizes that MSC Grandiosa is fully reliable and safe to sail. Our guests' and crew members' safety will always be our number one priority."

Pictures: MSC Cruises Fan Club Unofficial/Facebook

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  • Just a scratch!

    Clearly MSC are, understandably playing this right down. In large ship collisions then yes, this is just a minor 'graze' but it still managed to make a considerable mess of the pier corner.

    By Keith Standen, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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