On 7 July 2014 at 2340, the Swedish ro-ro passenger ship STENA NAUTICA departed Grenaa Port, Denmark bound for Varberg, Sweden on its regular route.
At midnight, just as the ship was ready to pass the outer breakwater, the ship suddenly and unintendedly turned hard to starboard and hit the breakwater resulting in hull indentations and penetrations below the waterline, leading to substantial flooding of the engine rooms.
The ship immediately returned to berth where all passengers were evacuated and all cargo discharged.
No passengers or crewmembers were injured during the accident.
The Danish Maritime Accident Investigation Board has prepared a marine accident report about the accident. The report focuses on the issues of the bridge layout and the design and operation of the steering systems.
The report can be downloaded in PDF format here.