Wind farm installation vessel smashed into ferry
In the morning of Nov 22, 2015, the A2SEA wind farm installation vessel "Sea Worker" broke lose from its mooring in the port of Grenaa in gale force winds with gusts of 25-30 meters per second and wave heights of two to three meters. The vessel went adrift and crashed into the "Stena Nautica" which was berthed at the ferry terminal. The captain ordered some pumps in the case of a leak as a safety routine. The tug "Svitzer Thor" had to be called from Frederikshavn to pull the two vessels pulled apart which succeeded only at 6:45 p.m. There was no major damage to the "Stena Nautica". No one was injured in the allision. The ferry had to cancel the afternoon trips at 2:20 p.m. from Grenaa and at 7.45 p.m. from Varberg, but resumed its service with the the night sailing on Nov 23 at 1 a.m. Danish repors with videos and photos: http://stiften.dk/webtv/se-video-faergen-stena-nautica-blev-soendag-paasejlet-i-grenaa-havn http://www.tv2oj.dk/artikel/282135:Norddjurs--Stena-Line--Vi-haaber-at-kunne-sejle-igen-i-nat http://www.tv2oj.dk/artikel/282112:Norddjurs--Slaebebaad-skal-frigOere-Stena-Line-fra-pram http://ekstrabladet.dk/112/stena-line-faerge-ramt-af-flydekran/5839310 http://localeyes.dk/galleri/74728-3573-galleri488551-tv-pram-torpederer-faerge-i-grenaa-havn/
Ferry returns to service
After the repairs of the allision damage in Grenå, which had been carried out at the Odense Steel Yard since July 10, had been completed, the "Stena Nautica"left the port of Vigerö on July 30 at 9 a.m. and headed for Varberg where she was being expected at noon. The first sailing from Varberg to Grenå was due to start on July 31 at 8:05 a.m. The accident had been caused by a fault in the automatic navigation system.
Ferry incident is expensive for Grenå
As STENA NAUTICA rammed a pier in Grenå and got a hole in the hull on July 8, it didn’t only mean high costs for the company. It can also be felt in Grenå and other parts of Jutland, because there won’t be any more Swedish tourists coming in with the ferry every day. "We feel that we’re missing a ferry row with Swedish tourists to find an overnight stay before going on somewhere in Denmark. In the spring we ran a campaign with Stena Line in Sweden to get more visitors to Jutland. We could look at our booking figures that there were several who had pre booked. They have now been forced to reconsider, "said bureau director at the tourist office in Grenå, Kirsten Rinhack. The lacking ferry from Varberg means that travelers have to use other routes, so it's not just Stena Line that will lose money in the period when the ferry is in dock at Fayard in Lindø. When tourists are being rebooked for the Stena Line ferries on routes to Frederikshavn and Kiel, the flow of tourists to Jutland plummets. Stena Line expects the STENA NAUTICA is back on the Grenå-Varberg route again on 28 July after the repair. Source: DR/East Jutland / Maritime DenmarUpload News