S1510-08-Flyingcat 4

On 26th July the Hellenic Seaways fast passenger ferry Flyingcat 4 (above) was safely evacuated with no reported injuries to its 253 passengers and crew after running aground off the island off Tinos in the Aegean Sea in dense fog.

The craft was en-route from Rafina to Santorini with a routine call at Tinos. The FBM (Cowes) built craft was evacuated and later refloated by tugs. The subsequent inspection showed no structural damage, and the 55m long/438 passenger capacity Flyingcat 4 later departed for Perama.

Three days later on 30th July two fast ferries collided in Piraeus. The 5,007gt/1997 built Champion Jet 1, formerly the Condor Vitesse, had 297 passengers aboard when she collided with the hydrofoil Athina, which was herself carrying 60 passengers.

There were no injuries to the passengers or the crew on board, however both ships suffered damage. The Champion Jet 1 was heading for the islands of Sifnos, Milos, Ios and Thira, and the hydrofoil Athina was en route to Agistri and Aigina when they collided.

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