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At sea since Sunday — Amorella to be moved on Wednesday

Getting around 80 cars and lorries still aboard the ship back to their owners is just one of the issues facing the firm.

Viking Linen M/S Amorella Järsön saaren rannassa Ahvenanmaalla.
Viking Line's Amorella, after having run aground off the coast of Åland. Image: Sjöräddningscentralen i Åbo

Viking Line's cruise ship Amorella, which became stuck after running aground off the coast of Åland on Sunday, will be towed to Åland's Långnäs port on Wednesday, according to the shipping firm.

Some 200 passengers were evacuated following Sunday's incident.

The ship will later be taken for repairs in Naantali, Finland, but when that will take place remains uncertain. Viking Line said that it is in contact with relevant authorities on how to proceed.

Vehicles still aboard ship

The company is also working on ways to get the roughly 40 cars and same number of lorries which are still aboard the ship to their rightful owners.

"We are dealing with the situation as best we can and in contact with the [vehicle] owners," said Johanna Boijer-Svahnström, Viking Line's VP of corporate communications.

In terms of compensating passengers for accident-related costs, the company said it is following regulations in the Maritime Act.

"We urge everyone [affected] to be in contact with their insurance companies, which will then further negotiate with us and our insurance company," she said, noting that the vehicles had not been damaged during the ship's grounding.

Compensation issues

Boijer-Svahnström recommended that passengers who needed to rent a car while their own vehicle was stuck on the ship to contact Viking Line's claims department.

The shipping firm said it has reached out to customers regarding luggage left aboard the ship, as well as additional costs that may have arisen due to the situation.

There is no fresh produce among the ship's cargo, according to Boijer-Svahnström, who said she was still unable to say how much the company would end up paying in compensation fees.

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