Viking Line M/S Amorella, the cruise ferry that operates on the Turku–Stockholm route, had ground contact at Hjulgrund in the Åland archipelago on Sunday at about 12:35 Finnish time. M/S Amorella is currently in Järsö, in the Åland archipelago. “The situation,” according to a news release by Viking Line, “is stable.”
The evacuation of all 200 passengers began in the afternoon and at 17:40 the ferry company reported that the transport of passengers to the mainland of Åland with the help of authorities had ended. No injuries had been identified. The ferry was carrying 80 crew members and some of them were still on board in the evening.
“We are currently investigating the extent of the damage,” Viking Line noted.
The ship will be replaced from Monday by M/S Gabriella until further notice.