Posted on January 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Two ferries collided at the port of Olbia Isola Blanca, Sardinia, Italy, at approximately 12:00 pm, in the afternoon of January the 24th.

The cruise ship Bonaria, owned by Grimaldi Lines, managed to break free from its moorings and started drifting away from the dock.

Tugs in the area tried to bring the vessel back under control but failed as the ship moved ever closer to the ferry Athara Tirrenia that was moored nearby.

The Tirrenia, apparently already aware of the danger, tried to execute an emergency manoeuvre but ultimately failed.


As you can see in the video, the collision caused significant damage to Tirrenia’s bridge wing, but Bonaria doesn’t show any apparent signs of damage.

Bonaria, seemingly unscathed, continued on her voyage towards Livorno, while Athara remained at port in order to undergo repairs.

Local authorities have opened an investigation into the accident, but initial findings suggest that rough weather conditions are the likely culprit behind the incident.

Posted in Collision , Europe , Italy , Accident , Safety

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