Stena Line ferry in collision with cargo ship in Belfast Lough


Stena Feronia, a Stena Line passenger ferry entering Belfast
Harbour was involved in a collision with a cargo ship last night.


The incident happened at 19:10 between
Carrickfergus and Helen’s Bay where the channel narrows, about a mile from
Belfast Lough.




Two RNLI lifeboats were called to assist with
damage control and assessment. According to a statement issued by the RNLI, the
340-passenger Stena Feronia ferry was damaged, but was able to make it to the terminal in
Belfast Lough. However, the 87m cargo ship, Union Moon, was badly damaged above the
waterline.




While there
are no reports of any injuries, a full investigation by the Marine Accident
Investigation Branch (MAIB) is currently underway.