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Popular Helsinki seaside pool damaged in Viking Line's recent pier collision

The Allas Sea Pool will remain closed for the time being, even after Covid restrictions are scheduled to end next week.

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A pier in Helsinki Harbour as well as portions of the Allas Sea Pool facility were damaged after a Viking Line ferry collided with the structures about two weeks ago, according to the city and the seaside pool firm.

On January 12, an onboard power outage caused the MS Gabriella to drift into the pier, slowly colliding into a wall and the adjacent pool facility.

There were about 200 passengers aboard the ferry at the time. No one was injured in the incident.

The collision also damaged the hull and bow of the ship and was taken out of service for repairs. The Helsinki-Stockholm route the vessel normally sails was temporarily replaced by Viking Line's MS Cinderella.

In a statement posted on Friday, Allas Sea Pool announced that its seaside pool, sauna and restaurant facilities would remain closed pending further investigation of the damage caused by the collision.

"The damage is currently being investigated in cooperation with the City of Helsinki. During this time, we cannot open facilities to the public, even when the Covid-19 restrictions end," the firm said in the statement, adding that it would issue an update as soon as possible.

The seaside pool's dock, sauna and other structures were damaged in the accident, but the facility's swimming pools were not.

The city has inspected the extent of damage to the pier, with city divers examining the area last week. Further examination is needed, according to the city, which added it is unknown whether the damaged pier and wall will need to be repaired.