World News – CA – Viking Grace returns to Turku


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Viking Line spokeswoman Johanna Boijer-Svahnström said on Sunday that Viking Grace was carrying Finnish passengers back to the mainland, while Swedish passengers would board the sister ship Viking Amorella for the voyage to Stockholm.

Around 300 Viking Grace passengers disembarked in Mariehamn on Sunday morning after spending the night on the stranded ship that ran aground off the coast of Mariehamn on Saturday afternoon.

Passengers told Yle that many had hoped to disembark on Saturday, although the atmosphere on the ship had been calm.

While officials have not yet determined the cause of the accident, Viking Line spokeswoman Johanna Boijer-Svahnström said that storm winds played a role in the ship’s run-up.

Coast Guard divers found no leaks in the ship after inspections on Saturday and Sunday.

As of Monday, Viking Line’s Gabriella will replace Viking Grace’s departures from Turku. Viking Grace operates the company’s Stockholm-Åland-Islands-Turku route.

Saturday’s accident was Viking Line’s second incident this fall. In September, passengers evacuated Viking Amorella after it ran aground in the Åland archipelago.

Officials said it would be safe for the passenger ferry to continue to Turku on Sunday after it ran aground on Saturday.

Social Affairs Minister Krista Kiuru says Finland would be among the first to receive a Covid vaccine.

MS Viking Grace, Finland, ship landing stage, Viking Line, Baltic Sea, Åland Islands, ferry, Mariehamn

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