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Swedish ferry crashes into Polish port

TT/The Local/pvs · 17 May 2012, 14:41

Published: 17 May 2012 14:41 GMT+02:00

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As the ferry was leaving the port on Poland's Baltic Sea coast at 8.45am on Thursday the vessel collided with a loading crane which tipped and fell.

"She rammed the stern into the leg of the container crane that collapsed," said Jesper Waltersson at Stena Line.

According to a report in the Aftonbladet daily, three port employees were injured as the crane fell.

According to a statement from polish firm BCT their staff were taken to hospital. Two of the staff are reported to have sustained serious injuries.

The firm advised that the families of the staff concerned have been informed.

Waltersson informed that none of the 49 crew or 120 passengers were physically injured in the collision.

The Stena Spirit had set sail for Karlskrona in eastern Sweden but on Thursday afternoon remained in Gydnia.

BCT said in its statement that an investigation would be conducted into the accident and Stena Line remained uncertain when the vessel would be able to depart.

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"We are looking at when we can leave the port and are waiting for the authorities to have their say," Jesper Waltersson said.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:18 May 17, 2012 by gpafledthis
Incident - Incident !! Sweden must respond !! SAAB see first Kill first -GoDo !
22:54 May 17, 2012 by babychuma
gee I hope the helmsman and captain weren't drinking
13:12 May 18, 2012 by Coaxen
Aaaand there go the drinking accusations! The ferry wouldn't be allowed to start the engines if the crew was intoxicated.

Let's remember that those ferries travel every day between Karlskrona and Gdynia. A few years ago in the Karlskrona Port, the ferry had accidentally made the walkway collapse. The metal structure fell on a fuel tank. That was way more dangerous than what happened here.

These kinds of accidents happen. Considering the intense traffic, it's not unexpected.
23:15 May 19, 2012 by Philscbx
It's far more dangerous than most of you would ever know.

Coming back to Gothenburg one night from Denmark at NewYrs 06, I was standing rear deck that night and with all windows iced up for others not able to see out, we missed striking a freighter broadside by only a few feet.

As the freighter crossed our path, I was sure it was the end.

We should have been no closer than 1/ 4 mile near it.

I ran inside, and all the doors to the upper deck were locked to try to notify crew. I was so pissed now looking for girlfriend and family to see they were simply having fun, never aware of what almost happened.

All of us surely would of perished in the night if we had cut the freighter in half at the high speed we were going.

Let alone all the cars & loaded semi's below would have sunk us for sure instantly shifting forward.

What was loaded on the freighter, fuel?

If one could look up the navigation GPS map trails of that night, it would be on CNN for a week.

Just know, those of you aboard that night, have no clue you're a living ghost.

I got into a serious argument with the one of the Captains of these ferries not long ago in back & forth emails.

When you board these vessels, keep a close watch, and record everything, including the navigation screen currently showing route with radar loop of other ships.

If you reply as a current Captain, I'll fight this and any statement made by me with a multi million suit. Try Me.

I don't Fk around when it comes to public safety, and the crew is asleep with ship left on auto pilot in a crowed seaport of other drunks at the wheel.

There is no excuse for any incident period regardless how minor.
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