The car/passenger ferry Highspeed 6 suffered thruster failure during docking at Heraklion port in Crete Island, Greece. The vessel was proceeding to the port, but one of the thrusters did not started and ferry hardly maneuvered to berth. However, the other machinery was working and the Master succeeded to dock accordingly without damages, but needed more time than usual. All the passengers and cars were disembarked and the ship was detained for further repair works and inspection. It was estimated that the damage is caused by mechanical failure and the vessel will be out of service until repair completes.
The local authorities started investigation and will follow special survey for the seaworthiness of the high speed ferry. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The car/passenger ferry Highspeed 6 (IMO: 9221346) has overall length of 96.00 m, moulded beam of 26.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 710 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,360 GRT. The ferry was built in 200 by Incat shipbuilding yard in Hobart, Australia. The owner and operator of the ferry is Hellenic Seaways.