Posted on May 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Italian ferry, Aurelia lost propulsion in the morning of May 9th while she was servicing the Ancona, Italy – Split, Croatia route.
At the time the ferry had been carrying almost 350 people, when it got stranded, some 10 nautical miles from the coast of Split, Croatia.
Reportedly, at approximately 05:00 am in the morning, one of the engines on the ferry malfunctioned, causing the vessel to drift into the Adriatic Sea.
Further complicating the situation, was the presence of adverse weather conditions in the area. Due to the rough seas, the ferry was experiencing heavy roll & pitch.
There was a number of attempts to evacuate the passengers via shuttle boats that were eventually aborted due to the adverse weather.
Two tug boats were initially sent to assist the distressed ferry but had to turn back to the presence of strong winds in the area.
Thankfully, a third tug was sent to the scene from the port city of Zadar, and successfully managed to attach a tow line to the ferry, which is currently in the process of being towed and is expected to reach the port of Split later in the day.
The reasons behind the malfunction of Aurelia’s two engines is currently unknown, but the incident will be thoroughly investigated once the vessel reaches port.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic