Passengers Evacuated After Norled Ferry Runs Aground

MF Sjernaroy (c) MarineTraffic.com/
MF Sjernaroy (c) MarineTraffic.com/Onno Bruin

A Norwegian car and passenger ferry ran aground late Sunday night forcing the evacuation of all passengers.

According to media reports, the ferry MF Sjernaroy (Sjernar√ły) ran aground at 10:15 p.m. local time on the north side of North Hidle, a small island in the Boknafjord fjord between Stavanger and Haugesund.

All passengers onboard – 43 according to reports – were evacuated by another ferry. No injuries to the passengers were reported, however one crew reportedly sustained a minor head injury in the accident.

The MF Sjernaroy has since been towed to Stavanger where it will be inspected for damage and repaired.

AIS data from MarineTraffic.com shows the ferries track running straight into North Hidle. The accident is currently under investigation.

MF Sjernaroy AIS track courtesy MarineTraffic
MF Sjernaroy AIS track courtesy MarineTraffic.com