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Swedish passenger ferry rams ship in German port

4 May 2012, 07:14

Published: 04 May 2012 07:14 GMT+02:00

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The TT-Lines ferry Nils Holdersson rammed into the side of the Urd, a ferry operated by Scandlines, ripping a hole in the Urd's hull.

No injuries were reported, however.

"No passengers or crew members were hurt," said TT-Line spokesperson Eva Jönsson to the TT news agency.

She said that there were 63 passengers and around 50 crew members onboard the combined passenger and freight ferry Nils Holgersson when it collided with the Urd around 6.15pm on Thursday evening.

"There was a hole in the hull and some water came in, but fire crews went onboard and pumped out the water," a Scandlines spokesperson told TT.

The Urd, which shuttles cargo between Travemünde and the Latvian port of Ventspils, is set to be examined by German maritime authorities.

It also remains unclear the extent to which TT-Lines passenger ferry traffic between Germany and Sweden will be disrupted a result of the accident.

The Nils Holgersson remains docked in Travemünde.

Jönsson explained that she was unaware as to what sort of physical damage the TT-Lines ferry may have suffered.

However, the Nils Holgersson's10pm Thursday night departure from Travemünde was cancelled, as well as the scheduled 10am Friday departure from Trelleborg in southern Sweden.

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However, passengers who had planned on taking the Nils Holgersson back from Germany will be able to instead take the TT-Lines ferry Robin Hood/Nils Dacke, which departs from Travemünde at 2.30am on Sunday morning.

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08:43 May 4, 2012 by Snood
I guess the captain was talking on his phone at the time....
09:32 May 4, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Not possible Snood.

A recent Swedish study, sponsored by Sony-Ericsson, concluded that talking on a mobile phone causes no distraction when driving, in a surprise reveral of what every other civilized nation has concluded.

Accordingly it cannot be a risk for any other type of driving (bicycles, boats, commercial aircraft, fighter jets, etc...).

The only sane conclusion is that German boat must have moved suddently.
11:29 May 4, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
"A recent Swedish study, sponsored by Sony-Ericsson, concluded that talking on a mobile phone causes no distraction when driving, in a surprise reveral of what every other civilized nation has concluded."

Made my day.
13:24 May 4, 2012 by race2win
Probably the same "sponsored" study also concluded that radiations from mobile phone usage also does not cause any harm to the human the body either...

big fat corporate cover up!
13:58 May 4, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
09:39 May 5, 2012 by Da Goat
Arrrrg we vikings be boarding ye!

Avast stand and deliver! arrrr!
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