COSTA DELIZIOSA highly professional maneuvering in Venice and media hysterics
Cruise ship COSTA DELIZIOSA hits world media headlines with video of her seemingly, dangerous maneuvering in Venice, on Jul 7. The ship was leaving Venice with tourists on board, bound for Bari, Italy. Venice and COSTA DELIZIOSA were suddenly, battered by gusts of strong wind and heavy rain. Media described COSTA DELIZIOSA maneuvering as an accident, a near-miss disaster, miraculously averted at the last moment, all posting the same video clip, taken by on-shore witness and showing breathtakingly close approach.
It’s simply the question of viewer’s angle of view – viewer who captured COSTA DELIZIOSA maneuvers saw the ship as being very close, ready to hit the pier or berthed luxury yacht, further off his viewpoint. He was in front of approaching ship, and couldn’t see and estimate the real distance between the ship, the pier and the yacht, which was reasonably safe - watch another clip, captured from another angle.
It was not an accident or near accident, it was demonstration of highly professional work of tugs assisting the ship, and of people in the command on the bridge of COSTA DELIZIOSA, pilot and Master. Situation was rather tense for maximum two minutes, but throughout all the time of maneuvering in narrow waters, situation was, obviously, under control, with no real danger of collision.
While Venetians have their own strong reasons to oppose cruise ships in narrow canals of their city, media have their own, it’s a campaign against cruise ships and cruise industry, which started several month ago, and is gathering way.
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