The accident in which several people were injured took place on a busy canal in the center of the city. There has been a long-running debate over whether to allow cruise ships into Venice's famed but increasingly overcrowded waterways.
A cruise ship lost control before docking in Venice's San Basilio terminal, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat. At least five people sustained minor injuries.
The cruise ship sector wants to shake off its dirty image. Cleaner fuels and electricity from land are expected to help fix it. Environmentalists welcome the green initiatives but warn against any premature euphoria.
After a 275-meter cruise ship crashed into a tourist boat, Venice residents have demanded that the giant vessels stay away. The issue of cruise liners sailing Venice's Giudecca Canal has long been a point of tension.
Hundreds rushed the red carpet on the Venice International Film Festival's final day to demand climate action and a ban on cruise ships in the Italian city. Banners read: "Our home is on fire" and "No to cruise ships."
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