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Turku-built cruise liner collides with pier in Italy

The Costa Smeralda was not seriously damaged in the incident, according to Italian media reports.

Costa Smeralda Meyer Turun telakalla
The Costa Smeralda was built at the Meyer Turku shipyard. Image: Meyer Turku

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship, built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in southern Finland, crashed into a pier at the port of Savona in northern Italy as it attempted to dock early on Friday morning.

There have been no reports of any injuries or serious damage to the vessel, which was the fifth largest cruise ship in the world at the time of its unveiling.

According to Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line that owns the ship, the incident occurred when one of the vessel’s lifeboats struck a shoreside crane as it manoeuvred into the port.

Italian media reported that the cause of the accident is currently being investigated by Italian authorities as well as the ship’s personnel.

Despite the incident, Costa Cruises said there will be no changes or delays to the cruise liner’s schedule.

The Costa Smeralda made international headlines in January last year when 6,000 passengers and crew were quarantined on board after a passenger fell ill with suspected coronavirus symptoms. The passenger later tested negative.

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