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COSTA CRUISE ACCIDENT



SMALL INFORMATIONAL NOTE: March 01, 2010.
When the international media reported this incident this vessel was described as a 55 tonne ship, much to the amusement of seafarers. This is an example once again of rushing to report without proper research and editing. The correct tonnages of MS Costa Europa is 42,092 GRT (Gross registered tons) and 5157 DWT (Deadweight tons). A quick visit to 'Google' would have given you this data. Media getting there first is fine but get it right !!
The News Media is reporting that the MS Costa Europa hit the pier at Sharm el-Sheik Egypt at 0445 this morning while berthing. At the time very high winds and rough seas were reported. Tragically three crewmembers are reported killed, in addition four passengers and other crewmembers had to go to hospital for treatment as a result of injuries.

The vessel was arriving at the Egyptian resort from Dubai bound for Italy. All 1400 passengers were removed from the vessel to hotels and flights are being arranged to return them to their home nations.

The MS Costa Europa has a large gash on its starboard side and damage control by crew is underway. The vessel is operated by Italian based Costa Cruises a division of the Carnival Group, Miami Florida.

Good Watch.

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