The passenger ferry Adler Express has allided with a quay at Wittdun (Germany).
The incident happened yesterday afternoon while the ferry was en route from Strucklahnungshörn upon Nordstrand. It was approaching the port for a scheduled routine stop when it suffered an engine failure. The ferry crew did not managed to reverse the engines in time and that forced the vessel into the quay. Its speed was 8 knots and a lot of the passengers, which were standing and waiting to disembark, were thrown off the feet.
According to reports, the allision resulted in 27 injured passengers, 6 of them severely. Authorities dispatched a number of vessels, ambulances and helicopters to the scene. The severely injured have been flown to local hospitals.
The Adler Express' bow has been significantly damaged. Repair costs have been estimated to more than € 20,000. The incident is being investigated by officials.
Adler Express (IMO number 9073098 and MMSI 211209290) was built in 1993. The 43-meter vessel is operated by Adler-Schiffe. Current position of Adler Express.