The ferry Dover Seaways hit a harbor wall at Dover in the UK shortly after setting out for Dunkirk on Sunday.
Social media reports indicate that some passengers were thrown across the deck at the time of impact. A spokesman for the local ambulance service said some people were treated at the scene for bumps and bruises and four were taken to William Harvey hospital as a precaution, but none are believed to be seriously injured.
The ferry was carrying 320 passengers. Sea conditions in the Channel were slight to moderate and visibility was good just before the ferry set off at 8am.
DFDS Seaways have released a statement recounting the details of the incident and saying: “all 320 passengers and freight have now disembarked the vessel and those who chose to continue their journey have been accommodated on other DFDS Seaways ferries.
“The Dover Seaways ferry is currently being assessed for repairs. We would like to apologise to all passengers and freight customers who have been affected by this incident and underline that passenger safety is of paramount importance to us at DFDS Seaways. We would also like to praise the actions of our highly trained crew and all the relevant port and emergency services who worked effectively to contain the incident as safely and quickly as possible.”