September 24, 2013
Cruise Critic learned of the accident from Franz Neumeier, a journalist who reported the incident on German website, Cruisetricks. According to the article, the impact short-circuited the power lines and caused them to shut down. Several lines will need to be replaced, and repairs are estimated at 40,000 euros. The highway and canal closures are expected to last until 1 p.m. local time Tuesday. No one was injured, according to a police report and Viking statement.
Viking Forseti, which launched this year, was involved in two previous accidents this month. It ran into the back of another ship when the two were in a lock together, then had a second ship run into it. No one was injured in either event, but the accidents resulted in itinerary delays.
The ship was inspected for damage, according to a Viking spokesperson, which caused a delay of a few hours, before it resumed its course.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor