The 23 meter long schooner Alexandra went aground near the west side of Sandhamn near Helsinki, Finland. The sailing vessel was passing through Kungs Sound when it suffered water ingress. Unable to control the flooding, the crew decided to run the Alexandra aground in shallow water to avoid it possibly sinking. Authorities were alerted and arrived on scene quickly. Pumps were placed on board the schooner and were able to dewater the vessel. Rescue vessel took the Alexandra under tow and proceeded to Skatudden for repairs. No reports of injuries of the four crew on board.
The 169 meter long bulk carrier Ourania collided with another cargo vessel in the Gulf of Finland near the Kalbådagrund Lighthouse, Finland. The Ourania was proceeding to Ashdod from St. Petersburg when it’s bow struck into the stern of the undisclosed cargo vessel. The Ourania sustained a hull breach above the waterline, but there were no injuries or pollution was released. Reports state the Ourania and the other vessel were running westbound when the undisclosed vessel slowed down in ice. The Finish Coast Guard dispatched vessels to monitor the area.
The 62 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Sterna allided with a pontoon at the ferry terminal in Lillmälö, Pargas, Finland. The ferry was arriving with 21 passengers when it suffered a malfunction and struck the pontoon at a high rate of speed.
The Sterna struck hard enough that the pontoon became entangled with its hull. Reports state one ramp also sustained significant damage. The damaged ramp was completely unusable preventing some 16 vehicles to be unloaded.
Reports state some of the 21 passengers required some medical attention, but no reports of injuries. The Sterna was taken out of service for repairs.