A ferry from the Finnish company Viking Line ran aground on Saturday afternoon in an archipelago in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland and the 430 people on board will have to spend the night on board while waiting to be evacuated, we learned from the shipowner and the emergency services.
No immediate danger
The “Grace”, which linked Stockholm to the Finnish port of Turku, touched the shore at around 2.15pm local time (12.15pm GMT) for a still undetermined reason shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the autonomous archipelago of the Aland Islands, the guards explained. – Finnish coasts.
Strong winds are currently blowing in the area and are believed to be the cause of the accident. “There is no waterway and no immediate threat” to passengers, they said on Twitter.
On board the 218-meter-long ship are 331 passengers and all 98 crew members, a Viking Line spokeswoman said.
“The ship’s situation is stable”
“The passengers will have to spend the night on board and be disembarked (Sunday). The situation of the ship is stable. Sunday we will tell the passengers with which ship they can reach Sweden and Finland,” she 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 being served,” Viking Line reported at around 5 p.m. GMT.
Due to the storm warning, the company canceled the crossing of a smaller ferry but deemed the “Grace” to be large enough to withstand the bad weather. In September, another ferry of the Viking Line, the Amorella, had run aground in these same Aaland Islands and the passengers had to be evacuated