Posted on February 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Two cruise ships belonging to MSC, collided in the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the afternoon of February the 20th.

The MSC Orchestra was manoeuvring in order to leave the port when for some unknown reason, the ship lost control.

It proceeded to drift towards its sister ship, MSC Poesia, which was moored at the south dock.

Despite the presence of a local pilot onboard the vessel, and assistance from two tug boats, the MSC Orchestra still managed to collide with the MSC Poesia.

Thankfully there were no injuries to the crew or passengers of the two vessels.

The incident did cause some minor damage to MSC Orchestra’s deck on its starboard side and to one of its lifeboats.

Overall, the damage did not impact the seafaring ability of the MSC Orchestra, which managed to proceed with its journey, albeit with some considerable delay.

Likewise, the MSC Poesia only suffered minor damages and departed on its journey later in the same day.  

Local port authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

What they consider most troubling, is that the collision happened during pristine weather conditions.

Furthermore, the question remains as to why was the MSC Orchestra so close to her sister ship during the manoeuvring operation.

Posted in Collision , Safety , Accident , Argentina , South America

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