Passengers panicking as ferry tilted
On Aug 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. the "Silja Galaxy" had to make a sharp turn to avoid the approaching container ship "BBC Alberta" on its way from Tianjin, which did not follow the proper navigational rules in the Åland Sea. The ferry was on its way from Mariehamn to Stockholm at that time. The northbound container ship was coming from the left, had to give way and promised to do so, but swung in the wrong direction so that the "Sija Galaxy" had to make an emergency maneuver so as not to collide. The ferry listed heavily, and in the restaurant all food and kitchen equipment crashed onto the floor. Passengers were forced to hold onto what was closest so as not to fall over, and several fell. No one was injured in connection with the incidend, but several passengers panicked. Several people ran to the exit and tried to get up to the deck, children were crying. One woman experienced pain after the incident and sought treatment on board. Afterwards, the master of the ship announced via the PA system what had happened. Then he went down to talk to the shaken passengers. After a while the situation calmed dow,n and the passengers were able to return to the restaurant, although most of the food had landed on the floor. The incident has been reported to Finnish and Swedish authorities. The ship berthed in Stockholm at 6 p.m. The "BBC Alberta" continued its way to Härnösand where she berthed on Aug 11 at 5.20 a.m. and remained stationary since.
Man arrested after rape attempt
A suspected rape attempt has taken place on the "Silja Galaxy". A man has been detained for attempted rape and maltreatment in the night of Sep 2, 2017, by the Stockholm Police. The 25-year-old woman will be found naked aboard the "Silja Galaxy". He was arrested by guards on the ferry, and upon arrival in port handed over to the police.
Swedish passenger fell over board and died
A passenger fell over board from the "Galaxy" early on May 26, 2017. A rescue helicopter located the person in the water, but did not manage to save his life. The ferry was at Lövskär, north of Storlandet in Nagu at 4.45 a.m., when several people noticed how a person fell overboard. The ship immediately gave alarm, turned and started looking for the person. Other ships also participated in the operation. After one hour of search, passenger ships and commercial vessels were allowed to continue their journeys. A patrol boat from the Nagu Navy Station, the guard ship "Tursas" and helicpter from Turku continued the search. The rescue helicopter located the person in the water at 9.25 a.m. He was hoisted on board and transported to the ÅUCS for care, but his life could not be saved. The person who fell over board was a Swedish citizen born in 1988. The police was investigating the cause of death, but according to the police there was no reason to suspect any crime. The "Galaxy" was delayed on the trip to Turku. She started her journey back from Turku to Stockholm at 9:15 a.m., about an hour later than scheduled.Upload News