All 489 passengers disembarked safely after the ship was assisted by tugs

The Sirena Seaways ferry, which operates from Denmark to Harwich, struck the quay at Parkeston, Essex whilst berthing in strong winds.

Thames

Coastguard was first contacted just after midday on Saturday, 22, June, with reports that the

ferry had been damaged.

The ship sustained structural damage and initially began taking on water, but this was soon

stopped and the water level was brought under control.


The Walton Coastguard Rescue Team, the Harwich RNLI lifeboat, the

harbour launch boat, the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham attended, along with a number of other nearby vessels and

tugs.

With the help of tugs, the ferry was moved clear of

the berth and positioned to go on to a vacant berth at the port.

At 2.45pm the ferry was brought alongside at Harwich International Port

and all 489 passengers on board disembarked. No one was injured and

there was no reported pollution.


Aimee Rampton, Watch Manager at Thames Coastguard, said: ‘Thames Coastguard assisted Harwich International Port with the

co-ordination of this incident.

‘We had a very successful outcome today,

489 people onboard and no injuries incurred.’

Picture credits

Caption 1: Harwich lifeboat stands by when a ferry is damaged after being blown onto a pontoon. Credit: RNLI/Isla Reynolds

Caption 2: Harwich ferry blown onto pontoon Credit- RNLI