Update: Following inspections that deemed the grounded ship seaworthy, FINNEAGLE was refloated and returned to normal service.
The 1999-built Finnlines passenger-cargo vessel MS FINNEAGLE was reported to have run around in Kapellskär harbour, Sweden, early on Thursday morning as it arrived from Naantali in Finland. Kapellskär harbour is 55 miles north of Stockholm.
According to Finnlines, there were no injuries and the ship is not in danger. There are 168 passengers and 30 crew members onboard. A failure of the main engine caused the ship to loose power and run on to the rocks in the shallow harbour.
Following and underwater inspection of the hull of the vessel, a decision will be reached about how best to remove the vessel from the rocks.
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