Italian ferry Giraglia smashed in wharf at Bonifacio after engine failure

GiragliaThe Italian ferry Giraglia smashed in the wharf at Bonifacio upon entering the commercial port. The vessel was arriving in the port after voyage from Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardinia, but suffered engine failure and was unable to reverse the propeller to stop the inertia. The ferry Giraglia collided with the pier and suffered hull breaches and damages, but fortunately there were no injuries among the passengers. The accident was reported to local authorities, which provided assistance with docking of the vessel and disembarking of all the people on board. Following the collision the cross med was immediately alerted for safety reasons but fortunately no passenger was injured during this collision.

The ferry Giraglia was banned from sailing until further repair and special survey, as well as port inspection. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

After the vessel was taken out of service at the regular route was sent another ship from the company.

The ferry Giraglia (IMO: 8013235) has overall length of 75.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 323 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,123 GRT. The ship was built in 1981 by Rodriquez Pietra Ligure shipyard in Italy. The ferry was serving Santa Teresa di Gallura-Bonifacio line, managed by Moby Lines.