Gusts Blew Ship Off From Moorings


 Investigation On, As Ship Breaks Free From Moorings


At about 6pm yesterday a 100km/h wind gusts blew the Spirit of Tasmania II free of its moorings at Melbourne’s Station Pier.

The ship’s loading ramp got twisted in the incident and everyone got out safe.

Passengers were allowed to board the ship after it was secured and received free accommodation and food.  It disrupted about 650 passengers’ travel plans.

Crews are working to fix the internal loading ramp.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed inspectors are checking the ship for damage and will investigate the incident.

UPDATE: THE damaged Spirit of Tasmania’s sister ship is coming to the rescue, but stranded passengers are heading to the airport instead.

Source: Herald Sun