Gigantic cruise ships return to the canals of Venice after a crash with a smaller boat that wounded five

A huge cruise ship has returned to the canals of Venice, despite protests from thousands of locals demanding that they be banished after a small river boat crash killing five people.

The MSC Magnifica, which can accommodate up to 3,605 passengers, was shown today on the Giudecca Canal in Venice, exactly one week after the MSC Opera crashed into a small tourist boat and injured five people in the same spot.

Thousands of residents took to the streets yesterday with posters with the text & # 39; Ships from the lagoon & # 39 ;.

A huge cruise ship has returned to the canals of Venice, despite protests from thousands of locals demanding that they be banned after a small river boat crash killing five people

A huge cruise ship has returned to the canals of Venice, despite protests from thousands of locals demanding that they be banned after a small river boat crash killing five people

The MSC Magnifica, which can accommodate up to 3,605 passengers, was shown today on the Giudecca Canal in Venice, exactly one week after the MSC Opera crashed into a small tourist boat and injured five people in the same spot.

The MSC Magnifica, which can accommodate up to 3,605 passengers, was shown today on the Giudecca Canal in Venice, exactly one week after the MSC Opera crashed into a small tourist boat and injured five people in the same spot.

The MSC Magnifica, which can accommodate up to 3,605 passengers, was shown today on the Giudecca Canal in Venice, exactly one week after the MSC Opera crashed into a small tourist boat and injured five people in the same spot.

Thousands of residents took to the streets yesterday to protest that cruise ships were allowed to travel through the canals of Venice

Thousands of residents took to the streets yesterday to protest that cruise ships were allowed to travel through the canals of Venice

Thousands of residents took to the streets yesterday to protest that cruise ships were allowed to travel through the canals of Venice

Environmentalists have complained that huge cruise ships are attacking the fragile foundations of the city in the Adriatic Sea and absorbing the muddy bottom of the lagoon.

The mayor of Venice wants cruise ships to be diverted from the heart of the lagoon. The ships leave thousands of day trippers.

In the final weeks of the crash, four female tourists – an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between 67 and 72 – saw injured people falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed the tourist boat.

MSC Cruises said the 2,679 passengers aboard the 177-ft high and 902-ft long liner that shaded the Venice skyline approached the terminal when the ship landed in the dock after a technical problem.

Four female tourists, an American, a New Zealander and two Australians, were among the wounded in the horror crash on Sunday

Four female tourists, an American, a New Zealander and two Australians, were among the wounded in the horror crash on Sunday

Four female tourists, an American, a New Zealander and two Australians, were among the wounded in the horror crash on Sunday

Passengers fall over from the luxury cruise ship MSC Opera

Passengers fall over from the luxury cruise ship MSC Opera

Spectators watch with horror as passengers fall over on the cruise ship

Spectators watch with horror as passengers fall over on the cruise ship

The passengers are seen during the crash of the river boat after it crashed into the huge cruise ship

The collision came days after seven people were killed and 21 remained missing after the mermaid, a tour boat, capsized on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.

The cruise ship owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was about to dock at a passenger terminal when it had a mechanical problem.

The ship then seemed to lose control after a steel cable tied it to a towed tugboat.

Two tugboats that took the cruise ship to Venice tried to stop the huge cruise ship, but they couldn't prevent it from crashing into the small and powerless riverboat.

Environmental artists in Venice have long complained that cruise ships are moving water, breaking down fragile foundations, causing air pollution and damaging the delicate surroundings of the lagoon by dredging the muddy bottom

Environmental artists in Venice have long complained that cruise ships are moving water, breaking down fragile foundations, causing air pollution and damaging the delicate surroundings of the lagoon by dredging the muddy bottom

Environmental artists in Venice have long complained that cruise ships are moving water, breaking down fragile foundations, causing air pollution and damaging the delicate surroundings of the lagoon by dredging the muddy bottom

The mayor of Venice wants cruise ships to be diverted from the heart of the lagoon. The ships leave thousands of day trippers

The mayor of Venice wants cruise ships to be diverted from the heart of the lagoon. The ships leave thousands of day trippers

The mayor of Venice wants cruise ships to be diverted from the heart of the lagoon. The ships leave thousands of day trippers

President of a tugboat association in Venice, Davide Calderan, told the Italian news agency ANSA: "The two tugs tried to stop the giant and then a tow rope cut through the collision with the riverboat broke."

Calderan said the cruise ship engine was locked when the captain asked for help.

As a result of the accident, Italian firefighters were deployed on site because shocked spectators looked at the dock with horror.

Elisabetta Pasqualin watered plants on her terrace when she heard warning sirens and got out to see the crash.

& # 39; There was a huge ship in a diagonal position in the Giudecca channel, with a tugboat nearby that seemed like it could do nothing, & # 39; she said.

She described the ship & # 39; slowly moving forward, but inevitably toward the dock. & # 39;

She said: & # 39; The bow of the ship crashed hard into the shore with its enormous weight that crushed a large part of it. Sirens moaned loudly; it was a very dramatic scene. & # 39;

The international cruise ship line, with its headquarters in Geneva, says the ship, the MSC Opera, encountered a mechanical problem when it docked at a passenger terminal and says it cooperates with authorities to find out what happened.

In recent weeks, four female tourists - an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 - have been injured or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed the tourist boat

In recent weeks, four female tourists - an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 - have been injured or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed the tourist boat

In recent weeks, four female tourists – an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 – have been injured or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed the tourist boat

MSC Cruises said that 2,679 passengers aboard the 177-ft high and 902-ft long liner that shaded the Venice skyline approached the terminal when the ship landed in the dock after a technical problem

MSC Cruises said that 2,679 passengers aboard the 177-ft high and 902-ft long liner that shaded the Venice skyline approached the terminal when the ship landed in the dock after a technical problem

MSC Cruises said that 2,679 passengers aboard the 177-ft high and 902-ft long liner that shaded the Venice skyline approached the terminal when the ship landed in the dock after a technical problem

The incident has now sparked calls to ban cruise ships in Venice that were a source of contention in the over-extensive tourist city.

Danilo Toninelli, Italian Transport Minister, said: "today's accident in the port of Venice proves that cruise ships are no longer allowed to pass the Giudecca."

He added: & # 39; After many years of slowness, we are finally near a solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism. & # 39;

The MSC Opera was built in 2004 and can carry more than 2,675 passengers in 1,071 cabins.

According to the sailing schedule, the cruise ship left Venice on May 26 and traveled to Kotor, Montenegro, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu in Greece before returning to the popular tourist destination Venice on Sunday.

Shortly after the crash, members of the & # 39; No Big Ships & # 39; committee of the city were seen standing next to the MSC Opera cruise ship and protesting against large cruise boats sailing close to the coast in the area.

Campaigners of the & # 39; No Grandi Navi & # 39; movement have long claimed that cruise ships in the area are damaging the ecosystem of the iconic city and disrupting the buildings of the old city.

The crash comes days after seven people were killed and 21 missing after the mermaid, a tour boat carrying 35 people, including 33 South Korean tourists, capsized on the Danube River in Budapest in just seven seconds on May 29.

After the tragedy in Hungary, officials said there was little chance of locating the missing people after the tour boat. She sank almost immediately after a collision with a cruise ship called the Viking Sigyn outside the Hungarian parliament building.

The captain of the Viking Sigyn, identified only as Yuriy C, 64, was arrested by the police after the Danube tragedy, after the authorities suspected him of & # 39; water transport risk leading to a fatal traffic accident & # 39 ;

19 South Koreans are still among the 21 missing.

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