Sailing vessel Johanna with 149 passengers intentionally grounded in Norway

Sailing vessel JohannaThe sailing vessel Johanna with 149 passengers grounded off Nesottddtangen, inner Oslofjord, Norway. The vessel started getting water ingress and crew intentionally grounded the vessel into a rocky shallow to prevent from sinking. The vessel sank by stern with hull and superstructure partially above the water. The crew informed the local authorities about the accident and requested assistance. All the 149 passengers were evacuated and taken to the shore without injuries. The ship’s wreck remained at the grounding site and salvage operation is under planning, as there is no report about water pollution.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the water ingress and if the crew took correct actions to prevent sinking.

The sailing vessel Johanna is one of the oldest sail ships in use in Norway. The ship was built in 1892 and has gross tonnage of 115 GRT. The vessel has overall length of 28.00 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The ship is operating under the flag of Norway and perform cruises in Oslofjord.