Near miss in Furusundsleden
In the afternoon of March 13, 2018, at 3.30 p.m. the ferry "Frida" serving the route between Köpmanholm and Furusund was close to a collision with the "Amorella" in Furusundsleden. The "Frida" was loaded with 18 cars and a truck, when the "Amorella" approached. 15.30 when Frida left Köpmanholm's ferry position on Yxlan, heading towards Furusund as the incident occurred. On board Frida had 18 passenger cars and a truck. At the same time, the Blidösund company's vessel "Riddarfjärden" was about to leave the nearby Köpmanholm Pier. The "Amorella" came from the north, but the "Frida"'s captain's attention was caught by the "Riddarfjärden", and he did not remark the approaching ship. The "Amorella" signaled repeatedly, and the "Frida"'s guard alerted his captain so the ship backed up in the last moment. Thanks to the quick reaction of the helmsman of the "Frida" the collision could be avoided by only 10-50 meters according to witnesses after she went full astern. At the time of the near miss the visibility was low in Furusundsleden. The case will now be investigated by both the Trafikverket-Färjerederiet and the Viking Line.
Viking Line renovates AMORELLA travelling along Turku route
Viking Line is renovating Viking Grace and Amorella, which travel between Turku and Stockholm. Both ships were taken out of service briefly for the renovations, with Viking Grace returning to service on 21 January and Amorella scheduled to return on 4 February. The shopping areas onboard Viking Grace have been renovated, with more space dedicated to fashion products and Viking Line’s range of wines and champagnes. Onboard restaurants underwent smaller upgrades with the renewal of renewal of Oscar, the á la carte restaurant, and the children’s table in The Buffet. Amorella’s cabins are being renovated and will now include inside cabins for families, with a double and single bed. Its Tapas & Wine café will become a new Coffee & Wine café, with views of the archipelago. The renewed café will serve baked goods, coffees and afternoon tea during the day, and turn into a wine bar in the evening.
Ferry lost man over board
On Jan 5, 2018, at 1 a.m. a person was lost over board the "Amorella" in Swedish waters. Rescue services and other ships participated in the search, but the person has not been found.The ship did not call at Långnäs because of the incident and arrived at Turku about an hour late at 8.40 a.m. The Tallink Silja ferries "Silja Serenade" and "Baltic Queen", which also had participated in the SAR operation, called at Stockholm one resp. two hours later than scheduled.Upload News