“People are calm, the staff is handing out food and veils,” one of the passengers was quoted as saying by the Swedish daily Expressen. The Viking Grace ferry, operated by the Finnish company Viking Line, has a capacity of up to 2,800 passengers and 500 vehicles. However, due to coronavirus measures, only 331 passengers and 98 crew members traveled on the ship.
The ferry sailed from Stockholm to the Finnish city of Turku and was to have a short stop at the port of Mariehamn, which is the capital of the Åland Islands, which are the autonomous territory of Finland. Just before this stop, he ran aground outside the harbor due to a strong wind.
This is the second similar accident in two months in the Åland Islands. Nearly three hundred people were evacuated by rescuers from the Amorella on September 20 after running aground near the port of Langnas in Åland. Even then, no one was injured.