Our firm has discovered that an MSC Cruise ship was involved in an accident earlier today at the port of Piraeus in Greece. According to sources at the scene of the incident, the Magnifica ship, transporting 2,469 passengers and 976 crew members, crashed into the pier as a result of unfavorable weather conditions.
Originally the vessel appeared to have run aground, but sources have confirmed that the ship struck the pier after being pushed by strong winds while it was being berthed. The ship and the pier both sustained minor damage, but luckily, none of the passengers or crew members were hurt.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, but will they determine that there was more to the accident than what we are being told at this point? Did the vessel’s the crew manning the helm not have accurate information about the current weather conditions? Did vessels equipment fail to operate as designed or did the crew fail to engage them or adhere to their specifications? Was the attempted maneuver to risk to be performed as was done given the conditions that existed?