According to the Maritime Rescue Center, the shipping company received permission from the maritime inspector to move the ship. The passengers were on board during the towing.
Passenger ship Viking Grace has been detached and towed to the port of Mariehamn, the Turku Maritime Rescue Center was told to HS on Sunday morning.
Viking Grace drove on a Saturday afternoon running aground South of Mariehamn near the harbor.
“The removal operations were started at night and the operation went smoothly,” says the command center officer, lieutenant Lars Saarinen.
According to Saarinen, the dismantling of the ship began on Sunday at about three o’clock in the morning. From the Maritime Rescue Center, the operation was secured by a patrol ship and a Coast Guard patrol boat.
The Coast Guard originally said on Saturday that the management team would meet on Sunday at about 8 a.m. to consider how to get people off the ship. The operation was started earlier, because according to Saarinen, the shipping company received permission from the maritime inspector to move the ship.
Viking Grace is now at its own pier in Mariehamn. Passengers were on board when it was towed to port.
“For us, the operation itself is over at the stage when the passengers leave the ship,” says Saarinen.
“However, the situation came to a happy conclusion,” he says.
According to Saarinen, the ship still has propeller damage and cannot escape from the port on its own.