Allision in Civitavecchia
On April 18, 017, the "MSC Magnifica" allided with a quay in Civitavecchia while she was leaving the port bound to Ajaccio, and crew and passengers were preparing for the dinner. No one was injured when the ship bumped against the quay. The incident seemed to have been caused by an abnormal wave and an increase of the wind force from nine to 41 knots wihtin a few moments. Workers of the port master's team were working on the site after the ship returned assisted by two tugs for a series of checks. Also the Coast Guard sent inspectors along with technical engineers. The hull was dented above the water line. The damage at the port side bulkhead was repaired by specialized personnel under constant control of the class inspectors, and on Apr 19 the ship left port around 8 p.m. bound to Marseille. Ialian report with photo: http://www.trcgiornale.it/news/cronaca/90945-ultimora-la-msc-magnifica-sbatte-contro-una-banchina.html
Eberswalde man suspected of murder remains in custody
A judge in Rome has ruled that a father of two will remain in custody due to suspect behavior after he returned from a Mediterranean cruise on the "MSC Magnifica" without his wife. Daniel Belling, a 45-year-old German man from Eberswalde who resides in Dublin, was arrested shortly after disembarking an 11-day cruise in Civitavecchia with just his two children, aged six and four, and not his Chinese-born wife, Li Yinglei. Belling was apprehended at Rome’s Ciampino Airport while waiting for a flight home to Dublin with his two boys,. Belling never reported Yinglei as missing during the cruise, which departed on Feb. 9 from Civitavecchia and stopped in other Italian ports of call, as well as Malta, Greece and Cyprus before returning on Feb. 20. During a hearing on Feb 24, Belling and his defense lawyer Luigi Conti offered an explanation for his behavior. According to Belling, Yinglei was not enjoying the family vacation, so sometime between stops in Malta and Greece, she informed him that she wanted off the ship. Once in Greece, Belling said Yinglei opted to stay on the ship while he and their children went sightseeing in Katakolon-- but when they returned, she was nowhere to be found. At the hearing, the father-of-two claimed that he didn’t report his wife missing because she has a history of doing this kind of thing — she left a previous vacation early, he says — and assumed she was already on her way home to Dublin.
Woman disappeared from cruise ship
An Irish resident was due to appear in court in Rome in connection with the disappearance of his wife during a Mediterranean cruise. The couple, who have lived in Dublin for several years, had gone on a Mediterranean cruise on the "MSC Magnifica" with their two children. When the ship docked back at Civitavecchia on Feb 20, 2017, it was discovered that the woman was missing. The local authorities were alerted and boarded the ship to investigate the matter with the ship being released a few hours later. Police located the man and his two children at Rome's Ciampino airport where they were about to board a flight to Dublin. The man was then arrested. It is understood the couple's two young children were being cared for by social services in Italy.Upload News