Egypt says Costa Cruises must pay for damage to quay

Mar 01, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson

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Red Sea Ports Authority says it will expect payment from the owners of the cruise ship COSTA EUROPA for repairs necessary to a pier after a collision at the port of Sharm al Shaikh on Saturday (27 February).

The Costa Europa was entering port in poor weather and collided with a pier at Sharm al Shaikh. Three crew members, an Indian, a Brazilian and a Honduran died when they were submerged by incoming water in the lower front of the ship. Four passengers also received injuries and have been treated in a local hospital. They were three British women and an Italian woman.

Cruise operator Costa Cruises confirmed the accident saying that the ship had later docked safely and that all passengers were being taken to hotels and would be flown home. The ship was halfway through a cruise from Dubai to Savona.

According to witnesses that ship experienced high winds during the night. After the collision the vessel was left with a 2-metre hole in the starboard side.

According to Costa chairman Pier Luigi Foschi the ship encountered exceptionally bad weather conditions and an unexpected wind which blew against the ship and led to the collision.

Egyptian prosecutors are meanwhile questioning the crew



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