A long night awaits the passengers of this Finnish ferry. Saturday, November 21, a cruise of the Finnish company Viking Line ran aground in the afternoon in an archipelago in the Baltic Sea, located between Sweden and Finland. The 430 people must remain on board while they wait to be evacuated, we learned from the shipowner and emergency services.
The “Grace”, which linked Stockholm to the Finnish port of Turku, landed around 2:15 pm local time. for some reason not yet determined. The incident happened shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the autonomous archipelago of the Aland Islands, the Finnish coast guard explained.
Strong winds are currently blowing in the area and they are believed to be the cause of the accident. “There is no leakage and no immediate threat” to the passengers, they said on Twitter.
331 passengers and 98 crew members are aboard the 218-meter-long ship, a Viking Line spokesman said. “Passengers must spend the night on board and be disembarked (Sunday). The ship’s situation is stable. On Sunday we will tell the passengers with which ship they can reach Sweden and Finland, ”he said.
Divers are inspecting the hull and how the ship is beached will depend on their findings. “The situation on board is calm and dinner is currently being served, “Viking Line said.
Due to the storm warning, the company I had canceled a smaller ferry crossing but he judged that the “Grace” was big enough to withstand bad weather. Last September, another Viking Line ferry, theAmorella, had already run aground on these same Aland Islands. The passengers had to be evacuated.