The storms in the Eastern Mediterranean resulted in three vessels suffering damage at the port of Patras, Greece’s third-largest city and the regional capital of western Greece.
During the afternoon of Saturday November 25th passenger/vehicle RoRo Hellenic Spirit (IMO 9216030), which was serving the route Patras – Igoumenitsa – Ancona and which had 128 passengers on board, allided with the already breached pier while docking at Patras upon its arrival from Ancona. It also hit with its starboard side the berthed passenger/vehicle RoRo Superfast II (IMO 9458511) as well as the port side of smaller oil products tanker Aegean Tiffany (IMO 9314478).
The Hellenic Spirit had arrived at Patras on a routine voyage from Ancona on Saturday. As well as the 128 passengers aboard there were also 116 vehicles.
The incident caused minor damage to the Hellenic Spirit, and no injuries were reported. The ferry was detained until after a class inspection was completed. It was due to depart Sunday but was held up after cracking was found in the area of the collision damage, according to local ERT News.
A video of the scene showed a long scrape on the side of the Hellenic Spirit’s starboard quarter, just forward of its loading ramps.
The Hellenic Spirit managed to dock safely and disembark its passengers and vehicles. The Port Authority deployed safety boats and ambulances on standby. There was no marine pollution.
The Superfast II left Patras again on Nov 26 at 11 a.m. UTC, headed to Bari with an ETA as of Nov 27.
2001-built, Greece-flagged, 32,694 gt Hellenic Spirit is owned and managed by Anek Lines SA of Chania, Greece. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Anonimi Naftiliaki Eteria Kritis AE. As of November 28th the vessel was moored at Patras.
2009-built, Greece-flagged 25,612 gt Superfast II is owned by Superfast Two Inc care of manager Superfast Ferries SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Superfast II. It is entered with Gard for Hull on behalf of Superfast Ferries SA. As of November 28th it was listed as Stopped at Bari, Adriatic Sea, Italy.
2004-built, Greece-flagged, 1,823 gt Aegean Tiffany is owned by Aegean Marine Tiffany MC care of manager Aegean Shipping Enterprises MC of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of Aegean Shipping Enterprises MC. As of November 28th it was en route from Patras to Elefsis, Greece, ETA November 29th.