Emblematic cruise vessel J.L. Runeberg with 44 passengers lost power off Helsinki

J.L. RunebergThe cruise vessel J.L. Runeberg with 44 passengers lost propulsion power after engine failure in Helsinki area. The crew was unable to restart engine and anchored in emergency off the Finish capital. The crew reported about the accident and at the scene was dispatched tug, which towed the passenger ship to the Helsinki south harbor and docked there. All the passengers were evacuated and disembarked at the terminal without injuries and in good health. According to the local authorities and vessel’s operator, passengers were not in danger and there was no immediate threat for the seaworthiness of the ship.

The investigation for the root cause of the incident is under way. The ship will be allowed to return in operations just after repairs and special inspection.

The vessel J.L. Runeberg is a cruise ship built in Helsinki, Finland in 1912. It operates between Helsinki and Porvoo from May to September four to five days a week, and between Helsinki and Loviisa from July to August once per week. The overall length of the ship is 28.80 m, moulded beam of 6.25 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m. The ship has capacity for 220 passengers.