Ferry Utne aground at approach to Saevroy, Norway

ferry UtneThe ferry Utne ran aground at the approach to Saevroy in Bergen, Norway. The vessel suffered engine failure at the shipping way to the berth and adrifted to sandbank. The crew was unable to stop the deal inertia and the ferry hardly stuck at the sandy shallow. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the site of grounding was dispatched rescue boat and towing tug. All the people from the vessel were evacuated and the ship was towed to safe depth. it was estimated that ferry Utne did not suffered serious damages, but was towed to the dock in Bergen for safety inspection and special survey. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.

Interesting fact is that ferry Utne was deployed to to replace the troubled ferry Fedjefjor at Fedje – Saevroy service. The titular at the service Fedjefjor was damaged after grounding at almost the same position near the pier at Saevroy. The second grounding in just less than a week, left the route Fedje – Saevroy without ferry operating on it.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There is no report about water pollution or injured people.

The ferry Utne (IMO: 9740720) has overall length of 49.90 m, moulded beam of 13.50 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The gross tonnage of the ship is 1,160 GRT. The ship was built in 2015 by Sefine Shipyard in Yalova, Turkey and was operated by Norwegian ferry operator Norled A.S.