MSC Magnifica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9387085, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, pollution, machinery malfunctions.
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MSC Magnifica accidents & incidents
At the MSC Magnifica CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Magnifica 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.
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Pier collision accidents
- November 20, 2013, the vessel sustained a hull damage after hitting a pier at homeport Piraeus (to Athens Greece). No injuries were reported, and the Mediterranean cruise itinerary was not affected. The portside hull damage (a rupture above waterline) was measured 8 x 11 ft / 2,5 x 3,5 m. Interior damages (in the crew area) were also reported. The breakwater also sustained damages. When the incident occurred (at ~6:30 am), weather conditions in the harbor were reported violent, with strong winds. After patching the hole, the vessel left at ~4:30 pm (as scheduled) for the next call port Katakolon Greece.
- April 19, 2017, while leaving Port Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy), the cruise ship collided with the quay. Following the contact with the pier, the ship suffered hull damages, but fortunately without flooding (water ingress), water pollution and injuries. Following the accident, two tug boats assisted the ship to dock again for Italian Coast Guard inspection and damage assessments. The pier collision was caused by a sudden and rapid wind shift – from 9 to 41 kn (17-76 kph / 10-47 mph) in less than 1 min. As result, the cruise ship was pushed to the quay and hit its stone wall. The vessel had to stay in port overnight for repairs. As a result of the accident, the scheduled itinerary was changed – Ajaccio (Corsica Island, France) was dropped. As precaution, all cruise ships in Civitavecchia (on April 19 and 20) were ordered to maneuver with tug assistance only.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- March 10, 2014, while operating in South America, the departure from homeport Santos (to Sao Paulo, Brazil) was delayed by ~8 hours due to an incident affecting its propulsion. While maneuvering to undock, at ~6 pm one of the mooring ropes (used to attach the vessel to the pier) tangled in the propeller. The undocking was canceled until the divers solved the problem.
- April 4, 2014, the vessel was criticized in international media for “slave-like” working conditions regarding 11 of the crew members on board. BBC first reported when the ship was docked in call port Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), the local authorities “rescued” 11 (out of 13) of the staff working on the ship in “slave-like conditions”. According to the news report, they were forced to work up to 16 hours a day. There were also allegations about sexual harassment of some of them. After the police boarded the vessel in Salvador, 2 of the crew refused to leave and continued their employment, while the other 11 were disembarked and taken to a local hotel. The shipowner MSC rejected all allegations. The media coverage followed a nearly 1 month-long police investigation after a tip-off from other crew members. When this “bad publicity” incident occurred, the Magnifica ship was on the first leg of a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from South America to Europe, with next call port Recife before crossing the Atlantic. On October 21, 2015 (law news) the MSC cruise company was sentenced by a labor court in Bahia (Brazil) and ordered to pay fines, unpaid wages (for night shifts), overtime, vacation, plus 13 salaries to all the 11 crew members. The court awarded them with a total of BRL 330,000 (Brazilian reals) or ~USD 85,000. MSC Crociere denied again the allegations of excessive hours, moral damages and sexual harassment.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- May 5, 2015, in call port Katakolon (to Olympia Greece), an 86-year-old male passenger (suffering from dementia) was reported missing. CCTV cameras showed the man (of French origin) disembarking the ship at 8:30 am. He was reported “lost” by his wife when she returned from ashore and didn’t find him on board.
- August 18, 2015, a 23-year-old female passenger was reported missing and presumed fell overboard. The woman (of Chinese origin) went overboard when the ship was en-route from Katakolon Greece to Izmir Turkey. The conducted by Greece Coast Guard search operation in Aegean Sea (between the Greek islands Kea, Kythnos and Chios) was unsuccessful in finding the body. The incident occurred during a 7-days Eastern Mediterranean cruise roundtrip from homeport Venice Italy.
- February 23, 2017, a 45-year-old male passenger was arrested by Italian authorities. The man (Daniel Belling, German citizen living in Dublin Ireland, IT consultant), father of 2 boys (aged 4 and 6) and his wife (Li Yinglei, 36-year-old, of Chinese descent) boarded the cruise ship together (itinerary Feb 9-20). The 12-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise was roundtrip from Rome to Greece Islands and Malta. Foul play was suspected after his wife disappeared on Feb 10 and he didn’t report the incident. Italian police was alerted by the ship’s crew after noticing a discrepancy in the number of disembarking passengers. The man was arrested at Ciampino Airport after attempting (together with his children) to board the flight to Dublin. On Feb 24, in a Rome court he was charged with murder. However, according to Belling’s statement, he last saw his wife when the ship docked in Katakolon Greece, and later she had gone (while he was on an outing with the kids), along with her suitcase and mobile phone, thus claiming she is not dead, but a missing person. On March 25 (law news) at Rimini port (northeast Italy, Adriatic Sea) was discovered a suitcase with the remains of a female body wrapped up in a bin-bag. Italian police is now examining the theory that the missing woman was murdered by her husband, placed in a suitcase and thrown overboard.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- January 2014, an YouTube video made by a Magnifica cruise passenger showed an illegal dumping of unprocessed garbage (in plastic bags) into the sea. This incident allegedly occurred in Brazilian waters, on the 2013 voyage Nov 26 to Dec 10. Discharging unprocessed garbage in open sea is illegal by the MARPOL (marine pollution) environmental convention, which was developed by the IMO to minimize maritime pollution. On September 20, 2014 (law news), the MSC cruise line was fined ~US$635000 for the illegal dumping of garbage bags into the waters in northern Brazil (between Madeira and Recife). The complaint was made by a passenger who was on the Magnifica ship during the Nov-Dec 2013 cruise.
- June 18, 2016, while the ship was docked in home-port Venice, Italy, a security guard’s gun went through the onboard metal detectors. One of the ship’s security staff picked it up and accidentally fired a shot. The bullet ricocheted off the floor and got stuck in a wall. The incident happened during passenger boarding. Note: Excepting Costa and MSC, cruise lines don’t allow their onboard security personnel to carry guns.
Drug smuggling incidents
- April 11, 2013, in call port La Coruna (Spain) the local police arrested 2 male crew and charged them with drug smuggling. Both men (of Filipino origin) were caught on the ship with ~10 kilos of cocaine taped around their bodies. The investigation showed they were tracked for several weeks while the vessel was operating in Brazil. The arrest delayed the departure by ~1/2 hour. Police officers boarded the ship and conducted a cabin search using sniffer dogs. On December 15, 2013 (law news) was announced both men are facing sentences up to 7 years in jail each.
- March 24, 2015, in Sao Paulo, 5 tourists (not passengers) of Slovenian origin were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. They tried to board the ship in call port Ilhabela Brazil, with a total of 26 kilos of cocaine in packages wrapped around their bodies. The ship was in homeport Buenos Aires Argentina, when during embarkation the onboard security found the 5 men (aged between 20 and 35) acting suspiciously, then notified the police. One of the arrested was already under investigation for drug trafficking.
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