Cruise Ship Collides with Crane 

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 1:02 am    

Although the cruise line industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still ships sailing the high seas, especially in other parts of the world. For adventurous travelers, the chance to see new parts of the world and explore other countries is alluring right now. With so few vessels at sea at the moment, you’d think that significant accidents would be at a minimum. However, already this year, a cruise ship crashed into the port of Savona while it was trying to execute a docking maneuver. The ship collided with a cargo crane, causing damage to the crane and one of the vessel’s lifeboats. A section of the port side of the vessel also detached from the ship and crashed into the ocean.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is still currently underway but weather conditions at the time were clear. No injuries have been reported from the incident, but accidents such as these in calm and clear weather should make passengers pause and re-evaluate the safety of these mammoth pleasure ships. Between 2005 and 2016, there were 448 major cruise ship disasters. Between 2005 and 2013, 66 of 131 passenger ships were reported to have run aground. Cruise ship accidents are not as uncommon as people think.

While weather conditions and mechanical failures are sometimes to blame, in many cases, accidents come down to negligence and captain error. This was the case in 2012 when the Costa Concordia ran aground just off the Italian coast. That accident killed 32 people. The captain was eventually found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison for taking the cruise liner too close to the shore, then abandoning the ship while passengers and crew members were still on board.

Do Injured Passengers Have Rights?

Yes. Passengers injured in cruise ship accidents where negligence is involved may be able to recover compensation for their injuries and mental anguish. Unfortunately, many passengers are not aware that they have rights and just feel lucky if the cruise line provides them with a voucher for a new trip. If you’ve been injured, you deserve more than just a coupon.

Talking with an attorney that has specific experience handling cruise line accident cases is the best way to assess what your claim is worth. Holding giant cruise line companies accountable for their negligence is not easy. It takes dedication and the right resources. At Louis A. Vucci P.A., we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve a positive outcome while sending a message to the cruise line industry that negligence at sea is never acceptable.

Injured in a Cruise Ship Accident? Contact Louis A. Vucci P.A. Today

If you’ve been injured in a cruise line accident, contact the law firm of Louis A. Vucci P.A. today to discuss your situation. We have a solid reputation for helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. The case evaluation is free and confidential. Call today at (786) 375-0344 to get started.

 


Norwegian Cruise Ship Collides With Pier Wall in Civitavecchia

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 11:15 pm    

In mid-December of 2020, the Norwegian Escape cruise ship reportedly sustained significant damage after colliding with a pier wall in the major Italian cruise port of Civitavecchia, which is a central hub for cruises bound for nearby Rome. As a result of the collision, the ship was damaged on its starboard side.

While this cruise ship accident left a nasty-looking gash that seems quite deep, reports indicate that the damage was confined to areas above the ship’s waterline, so the vessel remains seaworthy. More importantly, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Early reports suggested that the Escape hit a pier wall in Civitavecchia as it was arriving and making its way toward the dock. However, further evaluation showed this was likely not the case. At this time, authorities are not certain what caused the damage but note that the causes of many similar accidents are weather-related.

The Escape’s accident is far from the only pier collision to occur within recent memory. Another notable example from August of 2018 involved the Carnival Horizon sustaining damage after striking Pier 90 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. The collision also caused significant damage to the pier, but thankfully, no injuries were reported in this instance either.

What to Do If You Were Involved in a Cruise Ship Accident

Unfortunately, not every cruise ship passenger is lucky enough to avoid physical or psychological injury after a cruise ship accident. While no one ever expects to be harmed during a cruise vacation, cruise ship accident injuries can and do occur as a result of cruise lines’ negligence. Common causes of cruise ship accident injuries include:

  • Inadequate or negligent security
  • Failure to adhere to appropriate safety policies and procedures
  • Failure to maintain cruise ships in acceptably safe conditions

No matter the circumstances surrounding your cruise ship accident, if you were injured on a cruise ship as a result of the cruise line’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other accident-related losses. To protect your rights, your health, and your ability to recover compensation for the accident, Louis A. Vucci P.A. recommends taking the following simple steps:

  • Report your injury – If you were injured as a result of the cruise ship accident, report your injuries to the ship’s crew immediately. If your injuries require medical attention, visit the ship’s medical center for evaluation, too.
  • Take photographs – Don’t rely on the crew of the ship to document your accident. Take pictures of your visible injuries as soon as possible, so you have photographic evidence in case you decide to file a claim later on.
  • Talk to witnesses – If any loved ones or other eyewitnesses were present at the time you were injured, ask them to provide statements regarding the incident. Make sure to request witnesses’ contact details, too, in case you need to follow up in the future.
  • Request copies of your medical reports and other documents – If possible, talk to the ship’s crew or medical center staff and request any medical records, reports, or other personal documents that were generated for your voyage. This kind of documentation often contains important evidence that could support your injury claim.
  • Talk to a cruise ship accident attorney – A skilled cruise ship lawyer can help you document your injuries, gather evidence to support your case, and negotiate assertively for the compensation you’re due.

Contact Louis A. Vucci P.A. Today

Contact a personal injury law firm that specializes in cruise ship accidents to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation. The cruise ship accident attorneys of Louis A. Vucci P.A. are exclusively dedicated to injury claims involving cruise ship injuries and assaults, and we are standing by to take immediate action in your case.


Cruise Captain Responsible for Venice Ship Crash in 2019, Report Says

Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 11:04 pm    

A recent report indicates that a 2019 incident in which a cruise ship struck the banks near the port of Venice was caused by the captain’s incompetence.

On June 2, 2019, the MSC Opera was maneuvering through the canals of Venice when it struck the banks of the channel. The crash damaged the banks and rammed into a smaller river cruiser, injuring four elderly tourists.

Prior assurances from officials suggested that cruise ships posed no danger to the people or buildings of Venice because the vessels never entered the channels under their own power and were pulled by tugs. However, that appears to have not been the case with the MSC Opera. A report filed by three Italian naval experts with the local public prosecutor indicates that the blame for the crash lies with the Opera’s captain and crew, and that the accident was caused in part because the ship entered the channel while using its own propellers.

The report from the naval experts says the Opera had entered one of the channels in Venice under its own power when the ship’s steering system failed. The report indicates that the captain was notified that the ship’s steering had failed, but the captain failed to notify the channel pilots who had come onboard shortly beforehand.

Furthermore, the captain failed to press a button that would have instantly stopped the ship’s engines, causing it to drift uncontrollably while being pulled by the tugs. Because the ship’s engines were still operating, the tugs could not adequately steer the ship, and one of the lines connecting the cruise ship to the tugs snapped. Once the tugs lost control of the ship, it drifted toward the banks of the canal, where it rammed a river cruiser before colliding with the shore.

Cruise ships passing through the venerable canals of Venice have been a growing concern for local residents and those who wish to protect the city’s historical architecture. Cruise ships bring tourists and lots of money to the local economy, but the Opera crash illustrates the potential dangers these large vessels bring to both people and property alike.

The requirement to have cruise ships pulled through the canals by tugs was meant to reassure locals in Venice that these vessels would not do any harm to their community. If cruise lines and their crews do not follow these guidelines, as in the case of the Opera, then future crashes could do catastrophic damage.

Call Louis A. Vucci P.A. Today If You’ve Been Involved in a Cruise Ship Accident

The case of the MSC Opera shows what can happen when cruise lines don’t take safety precautions seriously. Though the injuries were relatively minor in this instance, these kinds of accidents can cause serious harm to both passengers and crew members, and even get them killed in some cases.

If you’ve been involved in a cruise ship accident, the team at Louis A. Vucci P.A. has the experience and knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today at (786) 375-0344 or visit our contact page for your free initial consultation.


Costa Cruises Flagship Damages Pier in Italy After Crashing During Technical Stop

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 10:42 pm    

An Italian cruise ship reportedly damaged both itself and shoreside equipment on a nearby pier in Savona, Italy, on January 22, 2021, according to news reports.

The ship in question is the Costa Smeralda, the flagship of the Italian cruise line Costa Cruises. According to reports, the accident occurred when the ship was attempting to dock in Savona. Photos and video of the scene show the Costa Smeralda approaching the dock at a quick pace before one of the ship’s lifeboats was caught on a shoreside crane. Once the lifeboat was caught, it was heavily damaged and ripped from the ship.

As the damaged lifeboat was ripped from its position, its movement damaged another lifeboat on the Costa Smeralda before landing in the water. The Smeralda’s maneuver also damaged the port terminal’s silo system and several shore cranes, which were pushed off of their rails.

Initial reports indicate that the cause of the accident is unclear. Police, port authority personnel, and other law enforcement agencies were reportedly at the scene and beginning to investigate the crash. Though the damage to the ship is relatively minor, lifeboats are considered essential safety equipment on cruise ships, so it’s unlikely that the Costa Smeralda will sail again anytime soon.

There were no passengers on board the Costa Smeralda at the time of the crash, and no injuries were reported. The Costa Smeralda, which was delivered in 2019, is the flagship of Costa Cruises. Costa is a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, the international cruise behemoth with headquarters in Doral, FL. At the time of its completion, the Costa Smeralda was the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world, measuring 1,105 feet (337 meters) long and weighing 185,010 tons.

Costa Cruises Delays Restart of Operations

In a remarkable coincidence, the accident occurred on the same day Costa Cruises had decided to postpone the restart of operations until March 13, 2021. The company said it had delayed restarting cruises because current health restrictions imposed by the Italian government would prevent guests from being able to fully enjoy the experience at different ports. Costa has said that it is reaching out to guests and travel agents who are impacted by the postponement.

The Costa Smeralda was scheduled for several cruises on or after March 13, when Costa Cruises had planned to resume operations, but it’s unclear how this accident will impact those plans.

Injured in a Cruise Ship Accident? Call Louis A. Vucci P.A. Today

Though nobody appears to have been injured in this accident involving the Costa Smeralda, passengers and crew alike could have been hurt had things gone differently. Cruise lines have a responsibility to protect both their passengers and their crew members. When these companies fail in that responsibility, they need to be held accountable for their actions.

If you’ve been injured in a cruise ship accident, get an experienced cruise injury lawyer to help you with your case. Get a free consultation from Louis A. Vucci P.A. today by calling (786) 375-0344 or visiting our contact page.


Carnival Cruise sued for miniature golf course injury

Posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 2:28 pm    

Dzung Tran, a passenger of Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor, filed a lawsuit against the company after his arm was ripped open while playing mini-golf on the cruise ship.

According to the lawsuit, Tran was playing mini-golf on the cruise ship last summer when he lost his footing, stumbled, and fell over a loose border on the course. The impact caused him to sustain numerous injuries on his arm, including a major gash that left his arm wide open. Tran said a club tore a major artery in his arm.

Carnival Cruise has yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit as of the time of reporting.

At Louis A. Vucci P.A., our team of experienced legal professionals is fully engaged when it comes to handling cruise ship accident cases of any kind. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 so that we can attend to your case right away.


Coast Guard airlifts injured passenger on Texas cruise ship

Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 7:52 pm    

The United States Coast Guard has reported that a 66-year-old woman was taken via helicopter from Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston after she fell down the stairs just after the ship departed Galveston—they were about 50 miles away—on Monday, November 14.

The woman, who was not publicly identified, sustained a skull fracture and was reported to be bleeding, the United States Coast Guard said in a press statement released on Tuesday, November 15.

The victim was listed under stable condition in the hospital after she received medical attention.

If you have ever experienced being hurt in a cruise ship due to the negligent actions of other people or parties involved, do not hesitate to seek legal action against them with the help of our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Loch Ness cruise ship crew member has right leg amputated

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 8:20 pm    

Scottish cruise ship line Jacobite Cruises Limited was fined 8,000 pounds because of the injuries a crew member, 25-year-old Aurelia Thabert, sustained. The accident occurred after Thabert’s leg became entangled in a rope that was holding a Loch Ness cruise ship – the Jacobite Queen – as it was returning to berth.

Jacobite Cruises Limited admitted its guilt under the Health and Safety At Work Act at Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday, October 27. Master Andrew Lach also admitted offenses under the Merchant Shipping Act. According to preliminary investigations, Thabert was trying to release a rope from the side of a lock when her leg got trapped in it. She was transported to Raigmore Hospital where her leg had to be amputated because of the injuries she sustained.

If you become the victim of an accident while on a cruise and have sustained injuries because of this occurrence, you can seek the legal assistance of our attorney Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 so we can help you file the appropriate lawsuit against the parties responsible for your plight.


Sinking superyacht Masteka 2 rescued by Carnival Spirit

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 9:15 pm    

The $20 million superyacht Masteka 2 lost steering and started taking on water about 260 kilometers from Port Macquarie, a town located at the mouth of the Hastings River in New South Wales, Australia. At the time of the accident, after 5 p.m. last Tuesday, October 4, the yacht carried six passengers.

Two workers who were hurt during the incident were rescued from the ship before it sank. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority instructed Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit to remain with the yacht until they could come investigate the situation and make sure everyone was safe.

Seek the legal services of Louis A. Vucci P.A. if you want to file a cruise injury claim against a cruise line. If the ship you boarded had any sort of defect and you or a family member were injured, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about the legal services we offer.


Three injured aboard two different P&O Cruises cruise ships

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 4:50 pm    

Three individuals were airlifted via helicopter from two separate cruise ships owned by P&O Cruises, a company owned by Miami, Florida-based Carnival Corporation. The flights occurred in a window shorter than 24 hours last Wednesday, September 28.

One of the victims incurred a serious head injury while on-board one of the ships. According to the rescue team from Brisbane, Australia, the man who sustained a head injury while on-board the Pacific Pearl had to be evacuated for immediate medical treatment. A few hours later, two people aboard the Pacific Jewel were taken to a land hospital after falling ill. The details of their conditions were not revealed to the public. Both people were taken to Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, Queensland and were listed in stable condition.

Surely, falling ill while on a cruise ship can be very inconvenient and dangerous for an individual, especially since the necessary medication and resources are far from reach. If you are hurt in an accident on a cruise ship caused by the negligent actions of the company, you can take legal action against them. Seek the help of Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344 to learn more about your options.


Second crewman of Norwegian Breakaway dies after training accident

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 2:00 pm    

More than a month after an accident occurred during a cruise ship safety drill on Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s Norwegian Breakaway in Bermuda, a second crew member involved in the accident lost his life.

Crew member Ben Buenaventura, a Filipino national, who was in the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital since the incident, succumbed to his mortal injuries in late August. The attorneys for Buenaventura’s family, who lodged a formal complaint against Norwegian Cruise Line, announced the news last Wednesday, September 21.

Buenaventura was one among four crew members who were hurt when a lifeboat broke from its tethering and plummeted into the water during the ship’s safety drills. The first victim of the accident, 41-year-old Filipino crewman Diogenes Carpio, died at the scene.

Louis A. Vucci P.A. is committed to providing dedicated and personal legal representation to people who sustain injuries on cruise ships. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (786) 375-0344 to discuss your case.