Ferry evacuated in Stockholm harbour

A ferry moored at Stockholm's Frihamnen harbour received a bomb threat around midday on Friday, prompting a swift evacuation of the vessel.

Ferry evacuated in Stockholm harbour

Police later determined the threat was a hoax.

“The ferry has been evacuated and we have staff on site to evaluate the situation,” said Towe Hägg of the Stockholm police to news agency TT soon after the alarm came through.

The ferry, the Princess Anastasia, is owned by the St. Peter line shipping company, which operates between Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki.

Police were alerted about the threat just after midday. Officers were quickly on the scene to evaluate the seriousness of the situation.

According to daily Aftonbladet, the threat came from an English-speaking man who said that the boat would blow up.

The threat allegedly was received to the shipping company’s St. Petersburg office.

The ferry staff aboard the Anastasia told police that the number of passengers who were taken off the evacuated boat numbered between 100 and 200.

Around 1.30pm the officer in charge decided that the threat wasn’t serious and that the passengers could re-enter the ferry.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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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.