On June 16, the 31 meter long, 21 dwt high-speed ferry Masaccio allided with a pier at Stromboli, Italy. The Masaccio was approaching the pier when strong winds caused the vessel to slam against the pier damaging one of the starboard hydrofoils wings. The bow of the ferry swung under the pier and became wedged underneath causing the Masaccio to partially sink. The 117 passengers and six crew were able to evacuate the vessel assisted by local islanders.Reports state many passengers were frightened by the incident, but no reports of injuries. Reports state the fuel was removed from the Masaccio and that refloating operations had already begun. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 27 meter long, 50 dwt high speed ferry Cacilhas ran aground at the entrance to Macau. The ferry was en route to Macau from Hong Kong with 220 passengers when the vessel struck the Macao breakwater at full speed of 35 knots. Reports state 57 passengers and 1 crewman suffered minor injuries and taken to hospital. No serious injuries reported. The Cacilhas sustained significant damage to its hydrofoils and hull. No pollution reported.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. Some reports stated the weather at the time was reported fine and clear, but the incident occurred during the high tide in which the breakwater was not visible.
More information about the vessel can be found here.
The 25 meter long high-speed passenger ship Vina Express 01 was lost on the Saigon River near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The hydrofoil had departed from Ho Chi Minh City with 92 people on board bound for Vung Tau when a fire broke out in the engine room. The fire quickly grew out of control and soon the vessel was engulfed in flames. The master of the vessel drove the vessel onto the river bank to let passengers escaped. No reports of injuries as all 85 passengers and 7 crew escaped unharmed. The Vina Express 01 continued to burn to the waters edge before it sank. Authorities have suspended operations for all other hydrofoils in the area.