Costa Fortuna cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9239783, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Costa Crociere line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, collision, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Costa Fortuna accidents & incidents
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- April 14, 2003, while the vessel was still under construction, a fire broke out at the shipbuilder’s Sestri Cantiere Navale yard in Genoa. It took ~3 1/2 hours for the fire to be extinguished. The accident resulted in heavy damages on Vigo Deck 8 (cabin deck, also having the ship’s Navigation Bridge). More than half of the deck’s length (aft to bow) was damaged. Lesser damages were reported on the Napoli Deck 9 (the Lido deck with swimming pools) and on Caracas Deck 7 (all cabins). No injuries were reported. The fire accident didn’t affect the vessel’s scheduled delivery in November 2003.
- June 2005, the Italian news media “Libero Quotidiano” reported about a near-sinking accident invloving the Costa ship Fortuna. In June 2005, the vessel was sailing along the Italy’s western coast, passing by the Capri island. During that voyage, the ship carried ~3500 people (passengers and crew) aboard. According to the media source, the vessel – just like the Costa Concordia ship – performed a “salute” cruising into the shallow waters. Until the Concordia disaster, this was an unofficial tradition on Costa cruise ships – to perform sail-bys – just to entertain their quests.
- During that particular “salute”, the Fortuna ship ruptured its hull on the rocks off Capri and started to take on water. The crew used the water pumps at max to keep the ship from sinking. The vessel was able to move to the call port Palermo (Sicily), where the hole in the hull was repaired overnight. Nor the Captain or any other crew reported this accident to the Italian maritime authorities (including the Italy’s Coast Guard). The only thing that Costa Crociere reported on that voyage was a rise in the main engine’s temperature.
- This serious accident came to light during the Concordia sinking investigation, when the Palermo Port authorities mentioned a report by one on the ship’s photographers who was on board when the collision happened. The investigators concluded that the incident was a “critical” one, and only the favorable weather prevented a Concordia-like sinking disaster.
- February 22, 2015, the vessel developed a “technical problem”(unspecified issue) at ~7:30 am, upon arrival in the BVI Tortola island’s Road Harbour. The incident forced the ship to anchor (instead of docking) and all its passengers were tendered into port. Because the ship was unable to maneuver in port, it probably had some kind of propulsion system malfunction. The shipowner Carnival Corp flew an engineering crew from Miami to Tortola to assess the vessel for repairs. No official statement was issued.
- May 5, 2015, after experiencing an electrical failure (leaving it with only one operational engine), the ship had to change course to Palermo Sicily for repairs. The incident also caused an itinerary change – the call port La Valletta Malta was dropped.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- January 8, 2011, officially the Costa cruise line reported that a male crew committed suicide on the ship. However, unofficially, the man’s brother reported that an anonymous crew have said that following an argument, the man was murdered by another crew, and the incident was made to appear like a suicide.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- July 18, 2015, a 52-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries after falling overboard from her cabin’s balcony on Barcelona Deck 10 (some 100 ft / 30 m down into the sea). The woman (of Italian origin) remained in the water for ~3 min, before the ship lowered 2 lifeboats and saved her. She was found unconscious, and in a critical condition was medevaced and transported via air ambulance to the Bergen’s Haukeland University Hospital. Later, the woman was flown to the Molinette hospital in Turin Italy, where she remained in coma. The incident occurred upon entering into call port Flam Norway, during a Norwegian Fjord cruise itinerary, with next call port Stavenger.
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