The fire-ravaged Stena Scandica has reached Nynäshamn. The passengers are taken care of and taken to hotels to rest after the long night at sea.
Stena Scandica drove under her own engine all night, although she did not quite keep the speed that was calculated, and reached Norvik outside Nynäshamn at 11 in the morning in the company of two tugboats and two pilots.
It was at 12.30 on Monday that a fire was discovered in a refrigerated container on a truck on the car deck, which led to the ship being without power.
The own fire brigade on board managed to get the fire under control and was able to announce at 17.30 that it was out. The depowered vessel continued to drift, prompting the initiation of an evacuation. However, it could be blown off after personnel got two of the main engines up to speed and were able to start driving towards land.
On board were 241 passengers and 58 crew members. 32 of them were evacuated on Monday, most to Destination Gotland’s M/S Visby, according to Stena.
Airplanes and ships inserted
When M/S Visby arrived in Visby, the crew was in great need of recovery, which has caused delays in the Gotland traffic. Several departures on the night of Tuesday were canceled and traffic will be affected until Wednesday morning, writes Destination Gotland in a press release.
The Coast Guard has had aircraft and ships deployed since the alarm and an official from the Coast Guard was put on board by helicopter to be able to secure communications.
“At the same time as we participated and were led in the sea rescue, we activated our organization to be able to take care of a large oil spill in connection with grounding. Fortunately, the situation changed for the better,” says Fredrik Hallerström, rescue leader at the Coast Guard, in a press release.
Stena Scandica, which was built in 2005, was on its way to Ventspils in Latvia from Nynäshamn.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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