Costa Atlantica

Costa Atlantica
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Costa Atlantica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9187796, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Costa Crociere line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Costa Atlantica position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 85,600-ton 2700-passenger Costa cruise ship Atlantica was built in 2014 by the
Kvaerner Masa-Yards shipbuilding company in Finland.

Costa Atlantica accidents & incidents

Costa Atlantica accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Costa Atlantica CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Costa Cruises Atlantica ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.

Here we also post updates on Costa Atlantica cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Technical incidents

  • June 17, 2008, soon after leaving call port Tromso Norway, the vessel reduced speed as one of its propellers was entangled in a fishing net. The incident occurred on a 11-day roundtrip itinerary (June 12 – 23) from Amsterdam to Norwegian Fjords with call ports Geiranger, Gravdal, Tromso, Honningsvag, Åndalsnes, Bergen.
  • November 4, 2010, at ~1 pm the vessel experienced a steering problems just a few minutes after leaving call port Naval Dockyard (Bermuda). The onboard pilot stopped the cruise ship and called 2 tug boats to come for assistance. The ship was tugged away to an area with less shipping traffic, where its engineers fixed the problem allowing it to continue to Port Canaveral FL.
  • February 1, 2016, the company “Cheetah Mobile Inc” (NYSE-listed, headquartered in Beijing China) booked privately (chartered) the whole ship as bonus vacation for its over 2200 employees. The 5-night / 6-day itinerary (Jan 27 – Feb 1) was a roundtrip cruise from China to Japan and South Korea (Tianjin to Busan and Fukuoka). According to unconfirmed sources, the price for the full-ship charter was well over USD 5 million. The Chinese company’s business is programming mobile apps, tools and phone games.

Near collision incident

  • November 18, 2008, the UK’s MAIB agency (Marine Accident Investigation Bureau) issued a report regarding a near-collision incident between the Costa Atlantica ship and the car carrier (Ro-Ro ship) Grand Neptune. The incident occurred on May 15, 2008 in the waters of Dover Strait (aka Dover Narrows, the narrowest part of the English Channel). MAIB investigation identified several factors related to the actions taken by the cruise ship’s bridge team which contributed to the situation.
  • The Grand Neptune vessel was on passage in the Strait when it was manoeuvred hard to starboard making a complete 360-degree turn to avoid collision with the Costa cruise ship. Atlantica was on passage from Le Havre (port for Paris) to Harwich England, carrying 1697 passengers and 859 crew, and moving at cruising speed 16 kn (18 mph / 30 kph). Atlantica crossed the separation shipping traffic scheme between MSC Serena (containership) and Grand Neptune, both of which were transiting the Straight’s southwest traffic lane at speeds of, respectively, 18 kn (21 mph / 33 kph) and 17 kn (20 mph / 31 kph). The distance between the southwest bound cargo ships was less than 3 nautical miles (3,5 miles / 5,6 km). According to the MIAB’s investigation report, the situation was caused by the following factors:
  1. Inaccurate radar information on which the cruise ship’s Captain based his decision to cross the
    southwest shipping traffic lane.
  2. The Atlantica’s manoeuvring during the crossing of the lane was potentially confusing, and the Captain’s intentions were not readily apparent to the cargo vessels.
  3. The Atlantica’s bridge team was slow to evaluate the risk of collision with the car carrier ship Grand Neptune.
  4. The Atlantica’s bridge team didn’t appreciate the possible inaccuracy of the ARPA radar data when manoeuvring.
  5. Following the near-collision incident, the ship owner Costa Crociere company conducted an internal investigation identifying similar to the MIAB’s safety issues.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • October 31, 2007, a 40-year-old female passenger was reported missing by her husband. The woman fell overboard in the waters between the Greek islands Santorini and Katakolon/Olympia in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • September 17, 2009, a 28-year-old male crew (working on the ship as a second engineer) fell overboard while the ship was en-route from Rome to Barcelona. The body was found on the following day. The man’s death was a mystery as he was happy (just promoted) so his family ruled out suicide.
  • January 2, 2011, a 25-year-old male crew committed suicide (jumped overboard and drowned) while the ship was docked in home-port Port Everglades (Fort lauderdale) Florida. The young man (of Indian origin) worked as waiter on the ship. He was found at 8 pm unresponsive along the vessel’s port side. A fellow crew told the police he was on deck 3 when he heard a splashing sound, then saw the man in the water and threw him a life ring. The man seemed unable to put on the device. USCG rescuers arrived soon to find the body face down in the water. At Broward General Medical Center he was pronounced dead. The man was subject of internal investigation for alleged sexual harassment incident.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • February 13, 2006, a lawsuit against Costa Cruises was filed for an alleged sexual assault of a minor. A 13-year-old boy (with learning disabilities) was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male crew during a 7-day Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale). The incident occurred in March 2005, and the boy’s father learned about it from one of his teachers.
  • May 13, 2010, a 23-year-old male crew (working on the ship as a waiter) was arrested as he was disembarking the ship in Halifax NS (Canada). The man pleaded guilty after being charged for possession and import of child pornography. The police found in his cabin 2 videos (1 on a computer, 1 on an USB flash drive). The man was sentenced to 8 months in jail. He had worked with Costa for 3 years.

Costa Atlantica current position


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