Cruise Ship

MSC Sinfonia

Incident Type

Ship Allision (Marina Damage)

Date of Accident

January 6, 2024

Location of Accident

Port of Syracuse, Italy

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On January 6, 2024, MSC Sinfonia experienced a significant maritime incident at the port of Syracuse, Italy, when gale-force winds reaching up to 50 knots caused the ship to break its mooring lines. The unforeseen event led the cruise ship to collide with several boats and a dock at the Foro Italico, resulting in two boats sinking and damage to other yachts and the marina infrastructure.

Details of the Incident

The 275-meter, 58,174 gross tonnage MSC Sinfonia was anchored at Syracuse for maintenance without passengers onboard. The intensity of the winds necessitated the immediate deployment of four tugboats to manage a salvage operation, securing the vessel in a more sheltered position within the port. This incident caused moments of alarm among port onlookers, who captured and widely shared the event on social media.

Operational Context

The incident has sparked a debate regarding the decision to moor the MSC Sinfonia in a location known to be vulnerable to strong winds, especially close to pleasure boats. Despite the damage to the marina and the loss of two boats, there were no reported injuries. The maritime community is now reflecting on the incident, emphasizing the need for stringent mooring protocols, especially in adverse weather conditions.

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