MSC Splendida

MSC Splendida
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MSC Splendida cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9359806, owned by the MSC Crociere line company (subsidiary of the MSC shipping company). Among the unfortunate events at sea are terrorist attack (Tunis shore excursion shooting), collisions, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), mooring failures, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MSC Splendida position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 137,950-ton 3900-passenger MSC cruise ship Splendida was built in 2009 by the STX Europe shipbuilding company in France.

MSC Splendida accidents & incidents

MSC Splendida accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the MSC Splendida CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of MSC Cruises Splendida 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 MSC Splendida 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 Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Terrorist attack in Tunis

  • March 18, 2015, two cruise vessels – Splendida and the Costa Fascinosa – were docked in call port La Goulette (Tunisia) when terrorists opened fire on cruise tour buses visiting the Bardo Museum in Tunis. The attackers shot at the tour bus with Splendida cruise passengers, of which 12 were killed (1 British, 3 French, 2 Spanish, 1 Belgian, 3 Japanese, 2 Colombian) and 13 were injured and hospitalized (7 French, 1 Belgian, 4 Japanese, 1 South African). Two passengers of Spanish origin (a pregnant woman and her boyfriend) were initially reported missing, but were found on the next day safe and uninjured, hiding inside the museum.
  • The terrorists were dressed in police uniforms. They targeted both (Costa and MSC) cruise line buses after they arrived and started offloading passengers at the parking in front the museum. The terrorist group was affiliated with the ISIS organization. During the terrorist act were killed all 22 people, among those tourists, Tunisian police officers and civilians. Around 50 were injured. Of the terrorists, 2 were killed by the police during the attack, and 9 others were killed on Mar 28 during a police raid.
  • Following the accident, all shore excursions in Tunis were suspended, passengers returned on board and medical and crisis teams deployed on the site. The line’s Exec Chairman Vago also arrived in Tunis to assist the affected and to consult with the Tunisian authorities.
  • The ship left Tunis at 7 am on Mar 19, en-route to the next call port Barcelona Spain.
  • The line announced that all future MSC cruise ship calls in Tunis are officially cancelled. The following itinerary changes were implemented, substituting Tunisia with Valletta Malta (on Splendida and MSC Divina), Palma de Mallorca (on MSC Fantasia) and Sardinia Italy (on MSC Preziosa).

Pier collision accident

  • March 6, 2013, the vessel was docked in La Goulette (port to Tunis), when strong winds caused it to slip its mooring ropes and subsequently crash into the rocks in the harbor. The collision incident resulted in a 10 x 3 ft hole (3 x 1 m) stern-hull damage. The ship left port on the same day, and was repaired in the next call port Messina Sicily.
  • Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • July 24, 2010, a 62-year-old female passenger fell overboard and died in call port Genoa, Italy. The woman (of Spanish origin) was traveling together with her husband and some friends. The accident occurred at ~1 pm, during disembarkation from the ship, when one of the steps of the gangway (connecting the vessel with the quay) gave way. She died instantly, after her head struck the dock, then the body fell into the water. Her husband (aged 63) suffered a concussion and broken leg, and was taken to the San Martino hospital. Another 60-year-old male passenger also fell and hit the pier, sustaining only minor injuries (bruises).
  • March 18, 2015, during the terrorist attack in Tunis (see above), 12 passengers (of which 1 British, 3 French, 2 Spanish, 1 Belgian, 3 Japanese, 2 Colombian) were killed.

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • July 24, 2010, 2 male passengers suffered injuries in a gangway incident during disembarkation process in call port Genoa (see above). The incident occurred when the top step of the structure (connecting the ship to the pier) gave way.
  • March 18, 2015, during the Tunis terrorist attack (see above), 13 passengers (of which 7 French, 1 Belgian, 4 Japanese, 1 South African) sustained injuries and were hospitalized in Tunis, Tunisia.

MSC Splendida current position


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