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.