The Ro-Ro ferry Bognes ran aground off Ylvingen, Norway. The vessel hardly stuck at mud shallow after steering gear failure during a voyage to Igeroy. The vessel hardly grounded and was not able to refloat by own power. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene was dispatched salvage tug and rescue boat. All the passengers were evacuated and the tug towed the Ro-Ro ferry to safe depth. The ship proceeded to Igeroy by own power, where was docked for safety inspection and special survey. Also the two cars on board were disembarked to the terminal. It was estimated that the ship’s bow suffered serious damages and forepeak was breached, so vessel proceeded to Sandnessjoen for repairs.
Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The vessel will return in service after repairs are completed. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The Ro-Ro ferry Bognes (IMO: 7608758) has overall length of 65.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the ferry is 305 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,591 GRT. The ship was built in 1977 by Tromso Skipsverft in Norway. The Ro-Ro ferry Bognes is managed by Norwegian company Torghatten Nord.