Viking Freya accidents and incidents

Viking Freya cruise ship


Length (LOA)
135 m / 443 ft

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  • collision/allision - 2016 (bridge crash, 2 killed / Danube River)

11 September 2016Ship Collision / Allision

(bridge crash accident) On September 11, 2016, the Viking longship Freya hit a bridge in southern Germany. In the accident, the riverboat's Wheelhouse / Bridge was crashed and both navigation officers in it were killed. The ship was carrying a total of 181 passengers and 49 crew.

The accident occurred at night, while the ship was navigating on Danube River, en-route from Erlangen Germany to Budapest Hungary.

The dead officers were a 49-year-old male crew (who replaced the Captain during the night) and a 33-year-old male crew. Both were of Hungarian origin. No other passengers or crew were injured.

All passengers and the remaining crew stayed on board for several hours until rescue teams extended a walkway to offload them. They were all accommodated in nearby hotels.

All passengers were given the option to continue on a modified river cruise itinerary (on the fleet mate Viking Bestla leaving from Passau Germany) or to return home.

Note: Actually, this type of marine accident is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).

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