Ferry REGINA SEAWAYS accident under control, ferry under way Update
Oct 3 Update: Ferry reached Klaipeda under own power and was docked at around 1900 UTC, understood there wasn’t any evacuation, all on board safe.
Oct 2: Ferry REGINA SEAWAYS suffered an unclear kind of trouble in engine room in Baltcis sea while en route from Kiel to Klaipeda Lithuania, being southeast of Bornholm, at around 1340 LT Oct 2. What happened exactly, isn’t clear, probably explosion in engine room, alarm was set off in engine room, firefighting system was activated, ferry was disabled and probably, suffered a blackout – the ship went off AIS monitors at around 0430 UTC and reappeared at around 1530 UTC, being under way again, at a reduced speed of 14 knots, heading for port of destination Klaipeda. Ferry is escorted by at least 2 tugs and approaching Klaipeda.
There are or were 335 passengers on board, some updates said passengers were evacuated, but official statements and situation in general tell otherwise, most probably they all remain on board. According to official statement, there was no fire, explosion also isn’t mentioned, alarm, activated firefighting system and sealed engine room (meaning engines were stopped) were the result of a dense smoke, cause by some malfunction.
As of 1620 UTC Oct 2, situation looks to be under control, ferry sailing under own power, no injures and no damages were reported so far. Hopefully the story is over.
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