Finnish ferry runs aground in Baltic
A ferry with 280 people on board has run aground off the Aland Islands, a Finnish archipelago in the Baltic Sea, the Finnish coastguard tweeted on Sunday.No one is in danger and the situation is stable as preparations are under way to evacuate the Amorella, the coastguard said.The Viking Line vessel, with 200 passengers and 80 crew, was heading from Turku to Stockholm, the operator said in a statement.The Amorella also ran aground in the same area in 2013, according to Finish and Swedish media reports.This time, according to Alands Radio, the ship deliberately ran aground in order to avoid tak...
Last two bodies from Samui ferry sinking retrieved
SURAT THANI: The bodies of the last two people missing after a ferry capsized off Koh Samui island on Aug 1 have been retrieved.Divers from MS Service Co, a company hired by Raja Ferry Plc to search for the missing and salvage the ferry, found the bodies trapped between lorries still chained to the sunken ferry in a search on Monday. It was not possible to retrieve them immediately because of the strong undercurrent.They resumed the operation on Tuesday morning and managed to bring the bodies up from the water at 8.50am.The bodies were of Chaichan Laosap, 47, the driver of a 10-wheel lorry, an...
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Divers find last two bodies from Samui ferry sinking
SURAT THANI: The bodies of the last two people missing after a vehicle ferry sank during a storm off Koh Samui on Aug 1 were found on Monday.The Raja 4, operated by Raja Ferry Plc, sank between Koh 4 and Koh 5 islands, about 2 nautical miles from Koh Samui. On board the ferry were 16 people and three 10-wheel lorries loaded with compressed garbage and electronic waste, and a pickup truck.Eleven people were rescued safely, three others were later confirmed drowned and two were still missing.The bodies of the missing two men – Chaichan Laosap, 47, a truck driver, and Tiwakorn Vacharit, 18, a cre...
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Four killed, 3 injured as ferry capsizes in Nile river
A Nile ferryboat carrying two vehicles and 10 passengers capsized and sank in the Nile river on Thursday morning near the Egyptian village of Dimishly in the Kom Hamada area of the Beheira governorate, killing four and injuring three others.Two bodies were recovered from the Nile waters, and authorities continue to search for two others that remain missing.Dozens of residents gathered on both sides of al-Reyah al-Bahary water canal where the boat drowned. Women dressed in black cried as they watched the sunken ferryboat being hoisted from the river.Governor of Beheira, Major General Hisham Amn...
Search stepped up after Egyptian ferry sinking
CAIRO: Four people returning from a wedding are believed to have drowned after a ferry sank in a canal in Egypt’s northern El-Beheira governorate on Thursday.Families of the victims gathered at the scene, outside the village of Dimishli, after rescue teams found the body of one of the passengers.Three passengers were rescued from the canal and taken to Menoufia General Hospital.Rescue teams identified one of the victims as Muhammad Abdullah Al-Sarsi, 27, whose body was found about 4 km away.The Egyptian Public Prosecution ordered an investigation into the sinking as well as a report on the con...
N.J. city aims for new NYC ferry as project gets $5M boost from feds
Millions of federal dollars will flow to Middlesex County to help bring a new ferry service to life.On Monday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th Dist., announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will grant $5.3 million to South Amboy for a ferry service between the Raritan Bay city and downtown Manhattan.The money, which comes from the DOT’s Passenger Ferry Grant program, will be used to help build a new ferry terminal in South Amboy.The proposed 20,000-square-foot facility will be able to handle up to three ferries and will have 700 parking spaces, including some with chargers for elec...
Victoria Clipper ferry suspends service to and from Seattle until April 2021
SEATTLE — Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border, the Victoria Clipper V is suspending service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, until April 30, 2021.“We wholeheartedly agree with the steps and health precautions taken by Canadian and U.S. government officials to date to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission through nonessential travel,” Clipper CEO David Gudgel said in a news release last week. “Our intent in suspending operations is to hopefully allow ample time to pass so that we may return to service next spring when travel a...
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Government urged to reopen ferry transport service
Residents of Entebbe, Buikwe and Kayunga have demanded the resumption of ferry operations which were suspended two months ago.On April 7, the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) suspended the operations of the Mbulamuti, Kiyindi and Nakiwogo ferries, to curb the spread of Covid-19.The Mbulamuti ferry links Kayunga and Kamuli districts across River Nile while the Nakiwogo ferry links Buwaya in Mpigi District with Nakiwogo in Entebbe Municipality. On the other hand, the Kiyindi ferry plies the Buikwe–Buvuma route.In the event that the intended travel plans are unavoidable, the public was advi...
At least 32 die in Bangladesh ferry accident
Dhaka (AFP) - At least 32 people died after a ferry capsized and sank Monday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision, said rescuers, who found one man alive in a "miracle" hours later.A dozen people were initially listed as missing.The Morning Bird was hit from behind by another ferry around 9:30 am local time (0330 GMT) during the morning rush hour, when the country's largest river port is packed with vessels."We have recovered 32 bodies... We located the ferry more than 50 feet (15 metres) deep in the river," A. Zahidul Islam, a diver in the fire brigade, told AFP."I think we ...
28 feared dead after Solomons ferry ignores storm warning
Honiara (AFP) - At least 28 ferry passengers were swept overboard in a powerful storm off the Solomon Islands, reports said Saturday, with the captain unaware he had lost anyone until the boat docked.The passengers were heading from the capital Honiara to West Are'are, more than 120 kilometres (75 miles) away, under a government programme to evacuate people to their home villages during the global coronavirus epidemic.The MV Taimareho set sail on Thursday night as tropical cyclone Harold bore down on the Solomons, and with weather forecasters warning against any unnecessary voyages.But the cap...