On April 20, the 176 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Huckleberry Finn allided with a quay in Trelleborg, Sweden. The ferry had suffered rudder failure just before it struck the quay. No reports of injuries to the passengers and crew on board. The ferry sustained damage to its rudder and was taken out of service for repairs. No reports of pollution released.
The 102 meter long ferry Panagia Parou sank in the Bay of Algeciras at port of Algeciras (Cádiz), Spain. The ferry had sustained damage after strong winds caused the vessel’s mooring ropes to snap. The ferry struck against the pier and suffered a hull breach at the stern. With no crew on board, the flooding continued unabated and the Panagia Parou began to sink.
Port authorities were alerted and attempted to keep the ferry afloat, but the vessel had sunk by the stern with the bow up in the air. Booms were placed around the Panagia Parou as a precautionary measure. A few hours later, the Panagia Parou capsized and sank on its port side.
The Panagia Parou had been docked at the port since March 2013 and later abandoned by its owners. Reports state the owners had failed to pay for repairs and the vessel had been detained. Authorities later emptied the vessel’s tanks and removed all fuel and oil contaminates. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 24 meter long fishing vessel Guita U became disabled in the port of Tarragona, Spain. The fishing vessel had lost maneuverability just off the pier in the port and was in danger of colliding with another vessel. The crew contacted the Salvamento Maritimo who dispatched a rescue boat to the scene. The rescue boat pulled along side the Guita U and help direct it to the pier. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.