Two crew died in allision of river cruise ship Viking Freya with railway bridge in Bavaria

viking freyaTwo crew died in allision of river cruise ship Viking Freya with railway bridge on the Main-Danube-Canal in state of Bavaria, Germany. The incident occurred just a while after leaving the town of Erlangen bound to Budapest with 180 passengers and 49 crew members on board. The river cruise ship Viking Freya stuck at the bridge and suffered damages to the wheelhouse, under which debris died two Hungarian crew members, aged 33 and 49. All the passengers were evacuated to the shore by special constructed emergency gangway. The local authorities dispatched more than 200 rescuers at the scene to assist with passengers evacuation, as well as salvage of the vessel. The passengers were transfered by buses to a nearby community center and the to Notfallseelsorgern.

The allision of the river cruise ship Viking Freya blocked the Main-Danube-Canal and barred the shipping traffic for an uncertain time. The salvage operations are under way, but there were no injuries among the passengers and no water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.

The affected railway bridge, only occasionally take the weekday freight trains, has been blocked until further inspection, but later was estimated that damages were not sufficient and there is not danger for its strength.

The river cruise ship Viking Freya has overall length of 135.00 m, moulded beam of 11.50 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The vessel is operating under the flag of Switzerland.

  1. Anthony Barthorpe September 14, 2016, 3:22 pm

    I have cruised this route several times and am puzzled how the Viking Freya was able to clear the road bridge carrying the Sylvianastra├če roadway with its wheelhouse raised, and then collide with the railway bridge. The clearance of both these structures is very low and they are very close together. Is it possible that the wheelhouse was raised after clearing the road bridge and that the crew somehow forgot about the rail bridge? The only problem with that possibility is the distance between the road and rail bridge is very small. I wouldn’t have thought there would be time for the wheelhouse to be raised. I guess we will have wait for the results of the inquiry to explain this tragic accident.

  2. I just returned from a previous Viking cruise with the ship Prestige. Lovely trip but I do remember the Captain explaining that the cabin would retract at some points for low bridges. My guess is someone may have made a mistake and it turned into a tragedy.
    I have traveled with Viking several times and they are outstanding.

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