The ferry Volcan de Taburiente allided with pier at Los Cristianos port in Tenerife, Spain. The vessel is operating on regular service between La Gomera and Los Cristianos in Canary Islands, but while proceeding to the quay for docking smashed into the pier due to strong winds and heavy seas. Following the collision, the bow ramp was damaged and became inoperable. All the cars and vehicles on board were blocked for some hours on board of the ferry, until the crew and authorities to establish safety way for disembarking them. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution, but the vessel was blocked at the port for repairs and further special survey. According to the operator ferry Volcan de Taburiente will be out of service some some days, but will be replaced by another ship.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There was no report about technical failures during the collision, so probably incident happened due to human mistake.
The ferry Volcan de Taburiente (IMO: 9348558) has overall length of 130.00 m, moulded beam of 22.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 1,894 DWT and the gross tonnage is 12,895 GRT. The vessel was built in 2006 by Astillero Barreras shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The owner and operator of the ferry Volcan de Taburiente is the spanish line Armas Naviera.