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Swedish passenger ferry rams ship in German port

A Swedish passenger ferry slammed into another ship as it was pulling into the north German port of Travemünde on Thursday evening.

Swedish passenger ferry rams ship in German port

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.

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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Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.

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