Mona Lisa runs aground at Venice


Mar 28, 2002
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The cruise liner Mona Lisa has run aground near St Mark's Square, Venice, in thick fog.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/040512/481/ven10105121029 - good pic of the ship being nudged by a tugboat with Venice in the background.

(from the Irish Examiner, 12th May 2004)

Cruiseliner runs aground in Venice
12/05/2004 - 14:52:52

A 655-foot cruise ship ran aground near St Mark’s Square in Venice amid thick fog today, leading to concerns about safety in the waterway.

None of the 1,000 passengers and crew on the Mona Lisa were hurt, city officials said.

However, Venice’s mayor took the opportunity to complain about such large ships travelling so close to the historic centre.

“My concerns about the danger of large ships passing the St Mark’s Basin … are unfortunately confirmed,” Mayor Paolo Costa said in a statement.

“Today, disastrous and unimaginable consequences were fortunately avoided. But it’s obvious that steps need to be taken to eliminate the danger of a ship ending up in St Mark’s Square.”

Costa suggested that such ships should not be allowed to cross St Mark’s Basin, which is near the famed square.

Instead, they should be anchored farther out, such as near the Lido island off the coast of the city centre.

The ANSA news agency said most of the passengers were Dutch, and the AGI news agency said the ship was travelling with the Bahamas flag.
 
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This is not the first time the Mona Lisa has run aground either:

21/07/03
Mona Lisa Grounds
Evacuation of several hundred passengers from a remote spot close to the Arctic circle is now under way after their cruiseship grounded at the weekend. The 28,891 gt Bahamas-flagged Mona Lisa, formerly P&O's Victoria, sustained damage when it ran on to rocks near Spitsbergen, a group of Norwegian islands in the Barents Sea. Details of what happened remain sketchy at this stage, but both propellers and the hull are thought to be damaged. However, the Bahamas Maritime Authority said last night it understood the damage was not too serious after what was described as a "glancing blow". Nevertheless, the 1966-built ship will need to be drydocked for a full inspection, leaving the tour company with the headache of having to make alternative travel arrangements for the 690 German holidaymakers on board at the time of the accident. The passengers are awaiting air transport to Germany in the small port of Longyearbyen, a spokeswoman for the German charterers Holiday Kreuzfahrten said. The vessel is then set to go under its power to Germany, where it will be repaired. The incident occurred on Friday as the Mona Lisa was leaving the Magdalena Fjord, but continued its voyage to Ny Alesund where the ship arrived later the same evening. Divers were brought in to assess the damage. With the agreement of the classification society Lloyd's Register, the ship left Ny Alesund on Sunday for Longyearbyen. "Some of the passengers are on board, some in hotels," said the spokeswoman. The ship's next trip, set to leave Bremerhaven on August 2, has been cancelled.
 
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As the Mayor of Venice (California) might express it: 'Now, this was just waiting to happen'. Beautiful but scary sight to see one of these cruiseships passing so near StMark's square: as if you were watching it from the deck of a liner and it was a monstrous iceberg towering in the sun. (So, okay, okay then - fog.)
 

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