The MSC Opera was inbound to the Venice Marine Terminal, but underwent some kind of a "technical fault" on the way in. Maximum speed in the Giudecca Canal is limited to 6 knots; when the ship went past Redentore, it was making 5.8 knots, but when the allision occurred at the San Basilio Marine Terminal, MSC Opera was making 6.8 and looked to still be under power when it hit the M/V River Countess. I've been in contact with friends in the city, and they say that at least part of the problem was that the tug on the Opera's bow parted it's tow line. Has anyone heard anything as to what may have gone wrong with Opera's propulsion system? There was a reference in one news article to a "locked" engine, but I'm putting that one off to reporters generally not knowing much about what they report on.