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Swedish ferry crashes into Polish port

Swedish ferry the Stena Spirit was involved in an accident in the Polish harbour of Gdynia on Thursday morning which left a damaged crane and three port employees requiring hospital treatment.

Swedish ferry crashes into Polish port
The Stena Spirit in Karlskrona harbour in 2011

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.

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

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ACCIDENT

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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