PortandTerminal.com, January 23, 2021
SAVONA, ITALY – On Friday morning (Jan. 22) the Costa Smeralda make contact with a cargo crane in the port of Savona, destroying one of the vessel’s lifeboats.
Savona is the homeport of the Costa cruise line. The company is anxiously readying itself to resume operations on March 13 with the Costa Smeralda with three- and four-day mini-cruises, or a seven-day cruise, calling at Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Cagliari.
The Smeralda had no guests on board when the incident occurred, only the crew and there were no injuries were reported in the collision. According to Costa, although it did not cause any structural damage to the hull, the contact caused the fall and serious damage of a lifeboat – a write-off by the looks of it. The lifeboat was promptly recovered and the first checks did not show any other damage to the ship’s structures.
Shoreside damage included buildings and cranes.
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