Ferry blows into former oil rig

samuel j
22nd February 2008, 18:33
Source BBC

Ferry blows into former oil rig

Tugs were called out to pull the ferry back to berth
A North Sea ferry has broken free from its moorings on the River Tyne and collided with a decommissioned oil rig.
No passengers were aboard the King of Scandinavia, operated by DFDS, when high winds blew it away from the Port of Tyne on Friday afternoon.

The ship, which can carry more than 2,000 people, caused no damage to the rig, and was quickly towed back to a river berth, said DFDS.

The ferry carries passengers between Newcastle and IJmuiden, near Amsterdam.

A port authority spokeswoman said: "When she broke free she came up against the Northern Producer rig, but caused no damage.

"Tugs were immediately on the scene and pulled her back to berth."

John Crummie, UK managing director for DFDS Seaways, added: "Due to exceptionally adverse weather conditions, strong winds enabled the King of Scandinavia to slip its mooring line and berth, causing the vessel to collide with a decommissioned oil rig.

"No passengers were on board at the time and no crew members were injured. The King of Scandinavia has now been safely towed back to a river berth."

The ferry would not be sailing to IJmuiden on Friday as a result of minor damage caused, he said

22nd February 2008, 21:40
Hi Samuel j
Wonder where the blame lies, that could have been a terrible disaster if passengers had of been embarking or disembarking it do,s not bear thinking about, they were lucky that it happened at the time it did, and looking at the pic, I would think there is more damage to the ship than Mr Crummie knows about, just shows we should never take anything for granted, specially the weather.
Rgds Bill

Gavin Gait
24th February 2008, 15:00