Viking Line’s Amorella grounded off Aland Islands
Viking Line’s Amorella ferry ran aground east of Aland Islands, Baltic sea, on Dec 14 13 shortly after midday, with 1945 passengers on board, en route from Turku to Stockholm. Vessel’s hull was reportedly breached in ballast tank area, with ensuing water ingress. Grounding was caused by steering failure which in its’ turn, was caused by power blackout. There is no danger to vessel and people on board, rescue boats are standing by, latest reports say divers were engaged to assess hull’s position and damages, before refloating attempts. Passenger ro-ro vessel Amorella, IMO 8601915, 34384 gt, built 1988, flag Finland, manager Viking Line.
Amorella refloated by own means at 1845 LT Dec 14 and sailed to Mariehamn. As of 0200 UTC Dec 15 vessel was docked in Mariehamn.