The catamaran ferry Whaling City Express with 95 passengers on board ran aground near Highlands in New Jersey, USA. The vessel stuck into a sandbank on 200 meters from the pier, being pushed by the strong currents. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was sent a coast guard rescue boat to assist of the troubles vessel. The 95 passengers were safely transferred to the ferry New Jersey, but during the salvage operation the grounded ferry Whaling City Express was refloated and both vessels proceeded to the pier, where were docked. The Coast Guard investigators conducted an investigation to ensure the integrity of the vessel prior to the vessel operating again.
During the accident there were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The catamaran ferry Whaling City Express did not suffered damages during the grounding, but will be underwater inspected before return in service.
The passenger ferry Whaling City Express has overall length of 25.00 m, moulded beam of 9.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The gross tonnage of the vessel is 150 DWT and the net tonnage is 52 NT with total capacity for 152 passengers.