The ferry Hebrides with 76 passengers on board smashed into harbor wall at Lochmaddy Marina and ran aground in North Uist, Scotland. The ship proceeded to the berth, but failed to reduce speed after engine failure and struck between both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbor and the seabed. There were no injured people during the accident, but there were some damages among the cars and trucks on board. However, all the people and vehicles were disembarked by alternative routes. The ferry Hebrides was refloated with assistance of two tugs and berth alongside safely at Lochmaddy Marina. The local authorities orders inspection and underwater survey of the vessel before release her to return in service.
“A technical failure led to the vessel being unable to reduce speed sufficiently for the routine docking procedures and she struck both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbour and the seabed”, said the official statement of ferry operator, CalMac. “No-one was injured and the vessel’s hull remains intact. A total of 76 passengers and crew were on board, as well as 13 cars, one lorry and one motorhome. She is now alongside safely at Lochmaddy. All passengers and vehicles have been disembarked and alternative routes for all those affected are being investigated. A team of divers is on its way to make underwater investigations of the hull and a full inquiry into what happened has been launched. Travel on the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy route is disrupted and likely to remain so for some time/a minimum of 48 hours”, adds the statement.
The ferry Hebrides (IMO: 9211975) has overall length of 99.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the ferry is 739 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,506 GRT. The ship was built in 2001 by Ferguson Marine shipyard in Glasgow, UK. The owner and operator of the ship is CalMac Ferries.