The 133 meter long passenger ship Viking Sun allided on the Rhine River with three bollards on a pontoon used to moor vessels at Gerstheim, France. The Viking Sun was attempting to moor when it struck the bollards resulting in a three meter long gash along the port side of the foreship. The damage was above the waterline and there was no water ingress. No reports of injuries to the 189 passengers and 47 crew on board.
Passengers were transferred to another vessel and proceeded to Kehl. There passengers were safely landed and were given accommodations at a local hotel. The Viking Sun was towed away and taken to the lock at Gerstheim. French authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Initial reports state the cause of the allision was human error.
- Viking Forseti’s Bad Month (shipwrecklog.com)