The newest and largest ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet, launched in April, is in hot water after its wake wrecked a pier full of boats as the ship sailed out of the Italian port of Messina – and the whole scene was captured on video.
The sun is shining and the sea is calm as Carnival Vista sails out of the sickle-shaped port of Messina in Sicily. All else is calm too – until the ship’s wake hits a local pier, smashing it and swamping small boats.
The local port authority is investigating. One newspaper reported Carnival Vista caused damage to two concrete piers and sank several boats “under the astonished gaze of several citizens”.
Watch the incident here:
Miami-based cruise lawyer Jim Walker says he assumes a local pilot would have been in charge.
A similar incident on a smaller scale happened a few years ago at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island, about three hours by fast ferry from Auckland, New Zealand.
The ferry revved its engine and the wash from its propulsion system overturned an aluminium “tinnie” dinghy. As locals on the dock ran to rescue the boat and to warn the ferry skipper, the ferry revved again, sending out another plume of wash that sank another small boat. This video, shot by Peter Needham from the back of the ferry, shows the incident.
Written by Peter Needham