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Viking Line's ferry run aground in the Åland Islands

Viking Line's ferry run aground in the Åland Islands

A ferry run by the Finnish company Viking Line ran aground between Finland and Sweden in the waters of the Åland Islands.

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On 20 September 2020, while en route from Turku to Stockholm, the ship, MS Amorella, was moored south of Långnäs, according to the Finnish Border Guard.

There were 281 people aboard at the time of the crash, of which 207 were passengers. No injuries were reported.

The crew purposely moved Amorella to the island's shore after the ship hit the ground to secure the vessel.

On Sunday, several rescue units were sent to the scene comprising ships, helicopters, and surveillance aircraft.

The West Finland Coast Guard District said in an update on Twitter that all passengers and part of the crew have been evacuated to shoreline.

From sea rescue to damage control, the emphasis has now changed. Two patrol boats remain on site and equipment is being transported for damage control. So far no oil spill has been identified, the coast guard said.

The coast guard is continuing with measures designed to maintain the stability of the ship.

An appraisal will be performed today by an independent firm which is expected to carry out further salvage operations. Finland's Safety Investigation Authority has said it has started a preliminary investigation into Amorella's grounding.

Maritime Business World 

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