Italian Ferry Collides With Breakwater

Tirrenia di Navigazione's MV SHARDEN. Photo by Captain E. Patalano February 2007

While a rare snow storm blanketed Rome, the 2005-built Tirrenia ferry SHARDEN was departing the nearby port of Civitavecchia for Sardinia shortly after midnight on February 4.

The MV SHARDEN came in contact with the  breakwater, tearing a 30 meter gash in the hull above the water line. The swift intervention of the Coast Guard, which coordinated the efforts of two tugs, allowed Tirrenia di Navigazione’s ferry to safely return to the dock. There were no reports of any injuries and all 262 passengers disembarked using a gangway.  Once the ferry was repositioned, all 50 cars and trucks were removed from the ship and placed on other ferries to continue their journey. Very high winds were reported at the time of the collision.

Hull damage to MV SHARDEN. Photo sent by reader Tobias Furneaux.

The Italian-flagged, fast passenger/Ro-Ro cargo ship MV SHARDEN was built in 2005 by Fincantieri and measures 39,798 gross tons.


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