Ferry runs aground off Ibiza

Passenger/Cargo RoRo San Gwann (IMO 9234006) ferry, operated by German shipping company FRS, ran aground off the Spanish island of Ibiza during the night of Saturday August 28th. The local emergency services told media that 25 people were injured, two of them seriously.

The ferry runs between Ibiza and Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic islands. It was leaving Ibiza’s port at 21:30 on Saturday night when it ran aground on the islet of Es Malvins, FRS said in a statement.

FRS said that the ferry was carrying 35 passengers and 12 staff at the time of the accident, but did not comment on how many were injured. The Spanish coastguard launched a rescue operation and airlifted nine people in need of medical attention to hospital. The rest were evacuated by boat.

The two seriously injured passengers, a 10-year-old boy and an adult, were airlifted to the San Espases hospital in Mallorca.

San Gwann is a passenger/car ferry that normally takes 30 minutes to travel between Ibiza and Formentera. It has a capacity of 427 passengers.

In a message on its website on Sunday FRS said that the line was suspended because of the accident.

The ferry suffered some water ingress as a result of the grounding. but was never in danger of sinking. However, damage to the ship was extensive, and it appeared unlikely that it would be able to operate again this season, as the repairs looked beyond the capability of any yard in Ibiza.

There was no danger of any fuel spill from the ferry as the incident affected the bow, and the fuel tanks were located in the stern. FRS company was assessing the extent of damages and would submit a plan to refloat the ship to the Harbour Master’s Office.

2001-built, Malta-flagged, 992 gt San Gwann is owned by Armus Ltd care of manager Forde Reederei Seetouristik Iberia SLU (FRS Iberia SL) of Tarifa (Cadiz), Spain.

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