Viking Kvasir collides with cargo ship due to heavy fog

Viking Kvasir collides with cargo ship due to heavy fog

The Viking Kvasir, a 135-metre long ship that can hold 190 passengers and 50 crew members, collided with a cargo ship in heavy fog on Sunday morning.

The incident took place near Wesel, Germany and was confirmed by a Viking spokesperson.

“There were no significant injuries among guests or crew,” the spokesperson said.

“The ship was cleared by authorities the evening of September 11 and has now continued its voyage without further delay.”

The cruise line did not confirm whether passengers would be compensated due to the collision.

Jim Walker, who runs the Cruise Law News blog, uploaded an account of the event based on a description of what unfolded from an anonymous passenger.

The guest told the blog: “The first officer was piloting the ship this morning in heavy fog and there was another barge/ship that was apparently sideways (you can see this from the photo taken from one of the balconies) on the Rhine that we hit… Most of the passengers were still in bed and we could feel the ship engines in full reverse for 3-5 seconds and then a massive crash and the sound of breaking glass in our room.

“There was very limited visibility and shortly after we collided, we saw the other ship perpendicular to our ship and then it disappeared into the fog. One crew member was taken to a doctor for burns (the chefs were preparing breakfast service). Others had minor cuts (mainly from picking up LOTS of broken glassware) including in the state rooms. A couple of passengers had minor injuries because they were standing when the ships collided.”

The ship’s crew held a meeting later that morning where the passengers were told the accident was “the other ship’s fault, and the Viking ship has video proof of it.”

Police and port authorities are investigating, according to the passenger.


Featured Image: Twitter/@CruiseLaw

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