Two Killed When Rogue Wave Hits Louis Majesty Cruise Ship in the Mediterranean

NB. This event happened nearly 9 months ago. Nevertheless, it bears questioning: how can this disaster be prevented? We’ll leave this for marine engineers and naval architects to answer.

Wednesday March 3, 2010

A 26-foot rogue wave hit the Cyprus-based cruise ship the Louis Majesty today while the ship was sailing near the French Mediterranean port of Marseilles. Two passengers were killed and six others were injured. The Louis Majesty, operated by Louis Cruise Lines, was sailing from Barcelona to Genoa with 1350 passengers and 580 crew on board.

A Louis Cruise Lines spokesman told the media that the ship was hit by three “abnormally high” waves up to 26 feet high that broke glass windshields in the forward section. The waves hit as high as deck 5 on the 10-deck ship.

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