A crew member disappeared from the MSC Musica last night according to crew members on the MSC cruise ship and Italian newspapers.
Several crew members reported that a Brazilian woman failed to appear for work earlier today.
The Musica docked outside of the Italian port of Brindisi later this afternoon and the crew member was reported as missing from the ship after failing to appear at her work station earlier this morning.
A newspaper in Venice, where the cruise ship ported yesterday, reported that the crew member was a 36 year old Brazilian who was noticed missing from her work around 3:00 A.M. when she did not appear at the start of her work on the ship. It appears from the Italian news articles that the ship did not initiate a search of the vessel for many hours.
A number of crew members have posted to Facebook that they are concerned that the crew member may have been threatened on the ship and met with foul play. I am not posting these comments at this time because I cannot verify the comments.
There has been no official announcement (for what it is worth) from MSC regarding the details of the incident.
Earlier this year, a person went overboard from the MSC Divina; there were obvious flaws in the cruise line’s safety and security procedures. The MSC public relations representative made misleading statements and refused to state basic facts such as when the passenger went overboard, or when MSC realized it, or whether it delayed notifying the Coast Guard until after it first searched the ship, or whether it conducted any type of timely search itself.
In this case, a review of the AIS information reveals that the Musica did not take any maneuvers to search for the crew member in the water. It appears that the Musica, like the other MSC cruise ships, is not equipped with the latest automatic man overboard technology to immediately notify the bridge when a person goes overboard.
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June 20, 2017 Update: Crew members identify the cruise employee as Simone Souza Scheuer. (photo right). She reportedly worked in the housekeeping department as a night cleaner.
MSC Musica – MSC Cruises
Crew Member – Facebook