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