VIKING’s ferry was evacuated after it ran aground off the island of Aland in the Baltic Sea, to avoid sinking, reports Maritime Bulletin.
VIKING LINE ro-pax ferry, is 169 metres long and does daily trips between Stockholm in Sweden and Turku in Finland.
The ship, while en route from Turku to Stockholm, contacted bottom at around 0940 UTC Sep 20 in Aland islands waters, west of Turku, Finland.
Normally it carries between 1,800 and 2,000 passengers but due to the pandemic the number was heavily reduced.
On the day of the incident, she was carrying 207 passengers and 74 crew on board.
According to reports, the ship in order to “stabilize the vessel” had to intentionally run aground on one of archipelago’s island coast.
Probably her hull was breached with ensuing water ingress, and danger of losing stability.
According to reports, all passengers were already evacuated.
As of Sep 21, 0600 UTC, she was still aground, with tug and several SAR and anti pollution boats at her side.
About the vessel
Passenger ro-ro cargo ship AMORELLA, IMO 8601915, GT 34384, built 1988, flag Finland, operator VIKING LINE.
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Source: Maritime Bulletin