Viking Line's passenger car ferry M / S Amorella ran aground on Sunday at 12.50 at Hjulgrund in the Åland archipelago.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is still in its infancy, but it is known that the Sunday accident originated from ground contact.

The scene of the accident is considered difficult for large ships.

The fairway of the Hjulgrund Narrows is about 7 meters deep and the draft of the Amorella is 6.35 meters.

The draft tells how in shallow water the vessel can travel without making contact with the bottom.

Did the ship hit the buoy?

Åland's Dennis Jansson drove his boat past the place on Sunday just after Amorella ran aground.

He took pictures of the events and the damaged buoy in the cramp.

Ilta-Sanomat asked Jansson about the matter.

- The buoy is almost completely under water.

It is clearly damaged, he tells Ilta-Sanomat on the phone.

Buoys are so-called floating safety devices.

They are anchored using a chain or rope with a concrete weight or rock attachment.

Helsingin Sanomat previously reported on the subject.

The pictures taken by Jansson show an ice buoy, which is a shuttle-shaped, free-floating steel buoy suitable for ice conditions.

Jansson knows the sea area of ​​the Åland archipelago well.

The ice buoy he depicts, coming from the east, is the southern buoy of the first pair of buoys in the narrower.

How did everything really happen?

It is not known whether Amorella's bottom contact occurred at the time of the collision with the buoy or whether the collision with the buoy was the result of the bottom contact.

Jan Hanses, CEO of Viking Line, told IS on Monday morning that the exact damage to the ship is not known at this stage.

The ice buoy is a shuttle-shaped, free-floating steel buoy suitable for ice conditions. Photo: Dennis Jansson

The buoy is damaged. Photo: Dennis Jansson

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Thus, it is not yet known whether the Amorella ship hit the buoy or whether the ship’s propeller hit the buoy’s mooring chain.

The passenger car ferry M / S Amorella had an accident on Sunday. Photo: Dennis Jansson

Dennis Jansson drove past his boat on Sunday shortly after running Amorella ashore. Photo: Dennis Jansson

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Damage to the bottom of the Amorella

Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, Viking Line's communications director, said on Monday that the divers had examined the vessel during Sunday night and the extent of the damage is currently being assessed.

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- There is damage to the bottom of the ship, but the investigation is ongoing.

The goal is to get to move Amorella to the shipyard.

Before that, it is assessed whether the vessel can be towed to a repair yard.

The work schedule has not yet been confirmed, the study is expected to take a few days.

Viking Line will decide on the measures together with the relevant authorities, he said earlier on Monday.

Ice buoy

  • The ice buoy is a shuttle-shaped, free-floating steel buoy suitable for ice conditions.

  • Buoys and capes are so-called.

    "floating safety devices".

    They are anchored using a chain or rope with a concrete weight or rock attachment.

Source: Fairway Agency