Today, at the port of Barcelona, the Fantastic ferry from the Italian shipping company, Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), collided with the Viking Star cruise ship operated by Viking Cruises.
There were no injuries involved in the mishap which took place around noon local time.
The incident was brought to my attention by a reader of this blog.
The Fantastic is a cruise-ferry / roll-on roll-off ship ("ro-ro") which carries passengers and vehicles.
A video, reportedly was taken by a stevedore from one of the cranes at the container terminal in Barcelona, shows the Italian ferry moving toward the cruise ship.
The Fantastic ferry apparently dropped an anchor to try and stop the drift of the ferry into the cruise ship after the Fantastic’s engines failed in the harbor.
There were other cruise ships in Barcelona at the time of the accident, operated by AIDA, Costa and MSC.
The incident was published in the VanGuardia newspaper in Barelona in an article titled Scare in the Harbor.
January 13, 2018 Update: Express Newspaper ‘This could have ended in tragedy’ Shocking moment ferry HITS cruise liner.