The bad weather on Saturday also puts maritime activities at risk. The Viking Sea cruise ship, which at 8 am was regularly moored (south berth) at the Cruise Terminal of Porto Corsini, has in fact moved away from its position due to the strong gusts of bora coming from the north, of absolutely extraordinary intensity. As reported by the Port Authority, it all started at 9.15 am, when the bad weather began to lash the Romagna coast and the Ravenna coast, with the wind quickly rising up to the intensity of a strong storm (over 80 km / h ) and gusts of storm, the ship broke the mooring lines, putting itself sideways and resting the keel on the sandy bottom, thus avoiding ending up against the cliff in front of the Guardian Pier of the Ravenna port.
The Operations Room of the Harbor Master’s Office was immediately alerted and coordinated the intervention of the technical-nautical services, i.e. pilots of the port, tugs and mooring crews, who were engaged in the long maneuvers aimed at keeping the ship in trim, with the use of 5 tugs, on one of which the Head of the Port Pilots Corporation was on board to technically direct the maneuver. Also in the field were the patrol boat of the Coast Guard CP 328 “each time”, in assistance, and the men of the Ormeggiatori Group.
The operations went on for over 4 hours: at first, the tugs worked continuously to counter the violent gusts of wind that pushed the ship sideways against the reef, managing to bring it back parallel to the quay and then to keep it in a safe position. . Subsequently, when the wind decreased in intensity around 12.30, the ship was brought back to the quay through a complex maneuver, with three tugs pushing on the side and two pulling the cables on the opposite side.
The Viking Sea, of Norwegian flag, 228 meters long with 870 passengers on board and about 200 crew members, was brought back safely to the mooring shortly after 1pm. On board they confirmed that there had been no consequences for the people on board. The dynamics of the event, and the reasons that led to the breaking of the mooring cables, despite repeated warnings, will be subject to careful technical verification, pursuant to the Navigation Code, which will be carried out by the military of the Navigation Safety Section of the Harbor Master’s Office. of port – Coast Guard of Ravenna, who went on board for an inspection..
As underlined by the Port Authority, the ship will not be able to leave the port of Ravenna until the causes of the event are learned and after the technical checks ordered by the Maritime Authority are carried out. The Maritime Authority once again draws attention to the importance of always prudently assessing the weather forecast and the state of the sea, adopting all the necessary measures, in order to safeguard the safety of navigation.CopyAMP code