High Speed Ferries Collide
The Hellenic Coast Guard reports that two high-speed ferries collided while exiting the Piraeus Port in Greece. The two ferries have been identified as the Champion Jet-1 and Athina. The Jet-1 was carrying 297 passengers and the Athina had 60 onboard. None of the passengers were injured, but both vessels sustained damage.
Both ships were detained by the Port Authority until it was confirmed that no fluids were leaking from either ship. The Athina was bound for Agistiri and Aigina and the Jet-1 was enroute for the islands of Sifnos, Milos, Los and Thira. Refunds for tickets were issued to passengers on both ships.
On the same day, the Hellenic Coast Guard also reported that general cargo vessel Wittenbergen ran aground off the island of Kithira. None of the vessel’s eight crew members sustained injuries. The vessel is operated by Arkon shipping.