On February 14, the 214 meter long, 7031 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Sharden allided at Genoa, Italy. The ferry was attempting to berth when it made a maneuver and struck the pier. The Sharden sustained a large gash on its port side stern hull near the waterline. The quay sustained significant damage requiring inspection by divers. No passengers or crew were injured.
The Sharden was able to later berth and all passengers and vehicles were able to disembarked. The following day, the Sharden was went into drydock for a short time for repairs before resuming her scheduled voyage on February 16.
The 220 meter long, 7031 dwt ro-ro ferry Sharden allided with a pier while departing from Cititavecchia, Italy bound for Sardinia. The ferry suffered damage to its hull with a 30 meter long gash just above the waterline. The allision was caused by strong winds. No reports of injuries to the 262 passengers or 53 crew on board. The Sharden returned to port with the assistance of two tugs. All passengers and vehicles were safely unloaded. The Italian Coast Guard had started an investigation into the cause of the accident. No reports of pollution being released.